Labcyte: Revolutionizing Medical Research with Sound
Mark D. Fischer-Colbrie, President & CEO
Medical and biotechnological research testing has always been a long and laborious process, San Jose, California based Labcyte is a laboratory instrumentation company which has been on course to change that with the inclusion of sound. Having introduced Echo Acoustic Liquid Handling in 2004, Labcyte helps customers attain better scientific data that reduces costs and waste, while enabling experimental workflows that would otherwise be impossible.
The innovation has enabled customers to enhance personalized medicine programs, streamline DNA or RNA diagnostic testing, optimize drug discovery pipelines, and accelerate life science research.
Labcyte uses a revolutionized way of liquid handling that produces faster and more accurate results than traditional methods. Echo Liquid Handlers as Labcyte calls them, use a process called acoustic droplet ejection (ADE), dispensing small amounts of liquid along with focused beams of ultrasonic acoustic energy, ejecting droplets of fluid in 2.5 nanolitre increments from one plate well to another, allowing the transfer of up to 750,000 samples a day. The process mitigates the need for device calibration, while the handlers use a simple system that handles multiple workflows and generates faster results, enabling laboratory scientists to do more with less.
Labcyte provides a range of Liquid Handlers for different applications, right from bio-chemical assays, protein crystallography and micro-sampling, to functional screening and sequencing in cancer research and synthetic biology in genomics research and many more. Labcyte also provides software solutions that are tailor-made for many laboratory applications, enabling clients to get the most out of their Echo Liquid Handlers. Their applications use a combination of pop-up wizards and interactive graphics, making the editing of complex protocols intuitive and easy to use.