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The NOVOstar BMG LabTechnologies Inc. of Durham, N.C., has developed NOVOstar™, a compact, multi-mode microplate reader with a wealth of detection and automation options normally found only in high-end instruments. NOVOstar has an integrated, programmable pipetting system that enables aspiration, dispersing, and mixing of fluids within a microplate well. Three reagent stations can be accessed for maximal flexibility in assay design (e.g., to combine substrates, inhibitors, and antagonists)

Jorge Cortese


The NOVOstar
BMG LabTechnologies Inc. of Durham, N.C., has developed NOVOstar, a compact, multi-mode microplate reader with a wealth of detection and automation options normally found only in high-end instruments. NOVOstar has an integrated, programmable pipetting system that enables aspiration, dispersing, and mixing of fluids within a microplate well. Three reagent stations can be accessed for maximal flexibility in assay design (e.g., to combine substrates, inhibitors, and antagonists), and an additional transfer pipette supports plate-to-plate transfers. The instrument also features a microplate carrier that accommodates one reagent plate and one assay/measurement plate, allowing the system to screen up to 384 analytes in one test. This combination of robotic components makes NOVOstar a platform capable of carrying out kinetic assays or constructing dose-response curves.

The NOVOstar uses most of the reading modes employed in cell-based assay development: fluorescence intensity, time-resolved fluorescence,1 luminescence (both flash and glow),2 and...

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