Westbrook, ME (February 6, 2012) – Tecan has partnered with Artel – the worldwide leader in liquid handling quality assurance – to offer the QC Kit, a fully integrated performance verification solution for its Freedom EVO liquid handling workstations. The QC Kit incorporates Artel’s proprietary Ratiometric Photometry™ technology within the Freedom EVO system, enabling collection of precision and accuracy performance data regarding the volumes delivered by every channel of a liquid handling arm, with results fully traceable to international standards. This new tool provides clinical, pharmaceutical and forensic laboratories a simple and reliable way to meet increasing Quality & Regulatory demand for performance verification.
The QC Kit comprises an Infinite® F50 or Infinite 200 PRO microplate reader, a calibrator plate, shaker, barcode scanner and a Freedom EVOware® software add-on, plus a range of cobranded consumables, including characterized verification microplates and color dye solutions. All color dye solutions are traceable to international reference standards, allowing direct comparison of results between different sites and instruments. The liquid handling performance results can be obtained automatically in just 10 to 30 minutes – depending on the workstation configuration – without the need for a carefully controlled testing environment, sample preparation or standard curve generation.
“Artel’s mission is to solve liquid handling quality, productivity and compliance challenges for our customers and, by partnering on this project with Tecan, the world’s leading supplier of liquid handling instruments, we are a step closer to achieving our mission,” said Kirby Pilcher, President of Artel. “With the regulatory burden for analytical laboratories increasing year-on-year, it is fantastic to be part of a team helping to reduce the complexity of ensuring regulatory compliance.”
Frederic Vanderhaegen, Head of Life Sciences Business at Tecan, added: “We are delighted to have entered into this partnership with Artel, enabling us to bring a turnkey solution to Tecan’s broad customer base for liquid handling performance verification testing.”
The QC Kit product line will be offered to Tecan’s global customer base through Life Sciences Business and Partnering Business channels. Artel will continue to promote and sell its technology within its existing Multichannel Verification System (MVS®) and Liquid Handling Performance Verification Service brands.
To find out more about Tecan’s QC Kit, visit www.tecan.com/qckit
Artel and MVS are registered trademarks; Ratiometric Photometry is a trademark of Artel.
Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2010, Tecan generated sales of CHF 371 million (USD 356 million; EUR 269 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/ ISIN: 1210019).
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.