Westbrook, Maine (February 27, 2014) – Artel, the leader in liquid handling quality assurance, announces the availability of two new reagent solutions that expand the volume range measurable with its line of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) products. For use with the company’s MVS® Multichannel Verification System and Liquid Handler Performance Verification Service, these reagents enable users to accurately calibrate and verify their liquid handlers when dispensing DMSO-based solutions. DMSO is a solvent widely used for storage and transfer of small-molecule compounds during high-throughput screening campaigns in drug discovery. Because of its unique physical properties DMSO behaves differently than water when handled by air-displacement pipettors and acoustic droplet ejectors. The Artel reagents now cover all volumes less than 10 µL, enabling DMSO solvent-specific volume verification in a real-world setting.
The MVS is an easy-to-use, universal system that verifies the volume-transfer performance of automated liquid handling systems and multichannel handheld pipettes. The MVS consists of equipment, software, sample solutions and highly characterized microtiter plates.
“Our initial DMSO offering, which was in the submicroliter range, was very well received by our customers,” explains Tanya Knaide, MVS product manager for Artel. “Increasing the testable volume range will allow researchers to verify and standardize their processes using reagent solutions that are comparable to what they are using in their everyday work.”
Founded in 1982, Artel specializes in applying proprietary ratiometric photometry-based technology to solve liquid handling quality, productivity and compliance challenges for laboratories in a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, regulatory bodies, academia, clinical diagnostics, forensics, public health, food quality and safety and environmental testing.
Artel also provides a broad and fully customizable range of quality assurance support, training and consultation services including Liquid Handler Performance Verification services for automated laboratories, on-site Pipetting Technique Training and Quality Management Certification for pipette users and laboratory managers.