Date: September 27, 1999Table of Specialty Microplates

The story of the microplate is one of those tales of history that either has been forgotten or was never clearly understood. According to Barry Lazar of Dynex Technologies, formerly Dynatech Laboratories, the origin of what is now commonly referred to by Dynex's registered trademark of Microtiter plates began with Gyola Takatsy, a Hungarian-born scientist who was trying to scale down serology tests. His first prototype became available in 1955 and was a 100-well plate cast in acrylic.

Corning's Costar spectrum of microplates
The first commercially available microplates were designed by National Institutes of Health researcher John Sever. He published on an improved form for the Microtiter system in 1962. The plates were designed simultaneously by John Liner (Linbro) and Nelson Cooke (Cooke Engineering). These acrylic plates already had the familiar 8x12 format that remains the most commonly used configuration. The 96-well...

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