Courtesy of Caliper Life Sciences

Making its latest foray into the microfluidics ring, Hopkinton, Mass.-based Caliper Life Sciences http://www.caliperls.com has introduced the new LabChip 3000 Drug Discovery System, a second-generation tool that builds on the foundation laid by its predecessor, the Caliper 250.

Intended for high-throughput drug-detection studies, including a range of assay applications such as kinases, proteases, and phosphatases, the LabChip 3000 is both smaller and easier to use than previous systems. "There's been a lot of industrial design into this project, looking much into its usability and reliability," says Yvonne Linney, Caliper's senior director of marketing and product management, adding that user input factored greatly into the new design.

Among the most basic upgrades incorporated the LabChip 3000 is an easy-access door allowing users to better handle their chip and plate samples. The platform also includes modern optics with longer laser lifetimes and can run Caliper's own...

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