Seminiferous vessels stained for cytokeratin 18 without (upper) and with (lower) antigen retrieval
Combining BioGenex's patented microwave technology and antigen retrieval solutions, the GenoMx 1000 performs three individual functions: dewaxing (to remove paraffin), simultaneous dewaxing and antigen retrieval, and dewaxing followed by H&E staining. It can process up to 300 slides at one time and performs multiple antigen retrieval protocols (for up to 100 slides) simultaneously. According to Philipp Novales-Li, director of scientific affairs at BioGenex, the GenoMx 1000 optimizes tissue processing for further applications such as automated staining by the GenoMx 6000: "When you automate antigen retrieval and staining, you control all the potential parameters that could lead to erroneous results or low reproducibility." Novales-Li says that the system represents one stage in BioGenex's plan to create five modules for the eventual full automation of immunohistochemistry methods: sectioning, cutting, antigen retrieval, staining, and image analysis.
The GenoMx 1000 will be beneficial for clinical diagnostics, genomics research, and drug discovery laboratories. It is of primary interest for clinical pathology labs, where standardized antigen retrieval will help streamline in situ testing.
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