Caliper Life Sciences (Caliper), a provider of tools and services for drug discovery and life sciences research, has introduced Sciclone G3 at the LabAutomation 2010 conference in Palm Springs, California.

The Sciclone G3 combines the flexibility of its predecessors with tube-to-plate reformatting technology, non-contact liquid level and clog detection, and advanced blood tube management, in an easy-to-use software environment.

Using a rack system, which simplifies decapping and tube loading, the Sciclone G3 can manage and process 96 blood tubes. It uses on-deck sensors and an integrated bar code reader to identify and track samples, providing the direct approach to handling samples on the market.

Thomas Mayer, director of the Conquering Diseases Biorepository Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, said: “The Sciclone G3 provides a simple and speedy method for tube-to-plate transfer. I like the innovative approach to liquid level detection and the ability to transfer 24 samples at once. There is nothing like this on the market.”

Kevin Hrusovsky, president and CEO of Caliper Life Sciences, said: “As a leading provider of integration services, we saw a clear need for a robust and rapid tube-to-plate solution. We have partnered with key thought leaders and customers to create the Sciclone G3 platform, which expands Caliper’s long history of innovation for laboratory automation.”

Kevin Keras, business unit manager, Automation, Consulting, Engineering and Services (ACES), said: “The PING liquid level sensor and tube management capabilities of the Sciclone G3 allow for processing samples directly from blood tubes, a critical step in our comprehensive diagnostic strategy. The pipetting approach implemented on the Sciclone G3 eliminates the need for costly electrostatic tips and is much faster than currently available platforms.”