Molecular Devices Launches the GenePix SL50 Slide Loader and GenePix Pro 7.2 Software

SUNNYVALE, CA - June 8, 2011 - Today, Molecular Devices, a leading provider of instruments, software, and consumables for drug discovery and life sciences research, announced the launch of the GenePix® SL50 Slide Loader and GenePix® Pro 7.2 Software for an accelerated microarray workflow.

Research needs change continually as science advances; Molecular Devices designed the SL50 Slide Loader as a modular system to ensure users have access to easy upgrade paths. The external slide handling and storage system can be added to any GenePix 4300A or 4400A at any time in the field, making it perfect for core facilities and other high-volume environments. With an automation capacity for up to 50 microarrays, the Genepix SL50 Slide Loader helps scientists generate more results faster.

Streamlined microarray workflows are now possible with the fully integrated GenePix Pro 7.2 Software. The new software takes advantage of Windows 7 64-bit computing performance and easily handles the most demanding image analysis tasks.

"This automation solution meets the high-throughput scanning requirements of today and prepares us for the future," said Dr. Holger Wenschuh, Managing Director at JPT Peptide Technologies and longtime user of GenePix Microarray Systems. "It provides a clear advantage over stand-alone scanners for our highly integrated workflow using JPT's proprietary PepStarTM peptide microarray platform for seromarker discovery, immune monitoring and enzyme profiling to target cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases and allergies."

"With the launch of the GenePix SL50 Slide Loader, we now offer a full range of microarray scanning capabilities within our GenePix product line," said Mikey Kindler, Director of BioResearch for Molecular Devices. "With this complete portfolio, we can deliver an appropriate microarray system into our customers' hands and help them with their current challenges and future needs."

About GenePix® Microarray Scanners

GenePix Microarray Scanners are the result of Molecular Devices' 25 years of expertise in low-noise signal amplification and optical design. The systems can handle any slide-based microarray study, from small one- or two-flour applications to multiple-flour high-throughput projects requiring automated sample handling and secure enterprise-wide data management and analysis. Microarray technology has greatly contributed to research in many areas including functional biology, genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics, both in plants and animals.

About GenePix Pro Microarray Software

GenePix Pro Image Acquisition and Data Analysis Software, the GenePix Microarray Scanners, and GenePix Slide Loader have been designed to work together as a fully integrated platform. The seamless communication between scanner, slide loader, and software ensures unmatched efficiency for data acquisition and analysis, as well as for real time performance monitoring. Optional Acuity microarray informatics software completes the package, offering database storage, clustering algorithms, advanced statistics and visualizations

About JPT Peptide Technologies GmbH

JPT Peptide Technologies is an innovative service provider and research & development partner for projects focusing on seromarker discovery, immune monitoring, vaccine target and peptide lead identification & optimization, as well as proteomics and enzyme profiling.

JPT's head office and production sites are located in Berlin, Germany and are compliant with DIN ISO 9001:2008 and GCLP regulations.