The introduction of the 384-well plate in 1994 marked a milestone in the biotechnology and high throughput screening arenas. Likewise, 1997 will be considered a milestone year with the debut of the 1536-well plate. Greiner America (Lake Mary, Fla.) introduced the 1536 Micro Assay Plates last year. The continuing struggle of reducing cost per assay has led to the concurrent explosion in development of high-density products, including microplates. This new plate from Greiner can reportedly save up to 60 times the amount of reagents and materials compared to conventional plates.

1536 Micro Assay Plates from Greiner America
Equivalent to sixteen 96-well microplates, each well has a volume of 12µl with a working volume of 2µl to 10µl. The 1536-well plate also has an area-to-volume ratio that is three times higher than a 384-well plate. Unlike it's 384-well sister, though, the 1536 Micro Assay Plate features an optional robotics-friendly low-profile lid...

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