June 20, 2011, WINOOSKI VT, USA — BioTek Instruments, Inc., continues to set new standards in microplate washers with the launch of the ELx405™ Select Deep Well Washer. The new ELx405 Select Deep Well Washer is a robot compatible, full plate washer for automated aspirate and dispense steps in 96- and 384-well plates up to 50 mm high, and can also accommodate standard 15 mm microplates. This delivers increased washing efficiency compared to manual and hand-held methods.

The ELx405 Select Deep Well Washer also features BioTek's patented Dual-Action™ manifold for independent and precise aspirate/dispense control, and variable flow rates and angled dispensing for optimized cell washing. Washing protocols may be created and run through the familiar keypad interface or through BioTek's LHC™ Software. Additionally optional Ultrasonic Advantage™ integrated ultrasonic cleaners provide manifold self-maintenance, and optional automatic 1-to-4 wash buffer switching further enhances efficiency.

Typical applications that can now be automated include: plasmid DNA purification, serum/plasma sample preparation, hematopoietic progenitor cell enumeration and cell proliferation assays.

BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, USA, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. BioTek instrumentation is used to aid in the advancement of life science research, facilitate the drug discovery process and to enable cost-effective quantification of disease relevant molecules in the clinic.