Westbrook, Maine (January 22, 2014) – Artel, the leader in liquid handling quality assurance, announced today that it has acquired exclusive rights to the LabGauge product line from Louisville, Kentucky-based StackWave. The software will be used with Artel’s MVS® Multichannel Verification System to deliver increased information availability and management. The prototype technology was described in an article, “High-Throughput Quality Control of DMSO Acoustic Dispensing Using Photometric Dye Methods,” published in the Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA) in July of 2013. The new software capabilities, which will also be integrated into Artel’s Liquid Handling Performance Verification Service, will enable customers to track and manage the performance of their automated liquid handlers over time by aggregating the standardized measurements from the MVS.
The software is built on StackWave’s proprietary application development platform. As part of the acquisition agreement, Ryan Meyer, one of StackWave’s principals, will join Artel in the position of software architect to facilitate further enhancements to the product.
“StackWave has a unique understanding of what our MVS and service customers need to manage their volume verification data and to extract valuable information from it,” explains Kirby Pilcher, Artel CEO. “Artel and StackWave have shared a vision of giving our laboratory customers improved insight into the quality and accuracy of their tools and processes.”
Artel previewed its new ArtelWare product, based on the acquired LabGauge technology, at SLAS 2014 and expects to begin shipping around the end of the first quarter.
StackWave builds highly tailored software systems for companies in biotech and pharma. These systems automate laboratory processes, capture and organize scientific and business data, and manage organization workflow. StackWave’s proprietary software platform expedites development without compromising quality, reducing project risk and increasing development velocity. For more information visit www.stackwave.com.
Founded in 1982, Artel specializes in applying proprietary ratiometric photometry-based technology to solve liquid handling quality, productivity and compliance challenges for laboratories in a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, regulatory bodies, academia, clinical diagnostics, forensics, public health, food quality and safety and environmental testing.
Artel also provides a broad and fully customizable range of quality assurance support, training and consultation services including Liquid Handler Performance Verification services for automated laboratories, on-site Pipetting Technique Training and Quality Management Certification for pipette users and laboratory managers.