Thermo Fisher Scientific Features New Cell Culture Advancements
Innovative Designs Improve Performance and Productivity from Filtration through Analysis


Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:28 am EDT

MUNICH –Analytica 2012– (April 17, 2012) – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, is featuring two of its latest cell culture offerings during Analytica 2012, the  Thermo Scientific Nunc Edge 96-well Plates and the new Thermo Scientific Nalgene Rapid-Flow Filter. The company is showcasing the new products within Thermo Scientific booth 101/202 (Hall B1) during Analytica 2012, being held April 17–20, in Munich. 

The Nunc™ Edge plates incorporate large perimeter evaporative buffer zones that eliminate well-to-well variability while dramatically reducing the overall plate evaporation rate to <2 percent after seven days of incubation. As a result, laboratories obtain more viable and healthy cell yields. These zones enable the use of all 96 wells, greatly reducing the edge effect commonly experienced in cell culture, while maintaining data consistency throughout the plate.

A minimal volume loss of 10 percent can concentrate media components and metabolites enough to alter cell physiology, a phenomena which is more pronounced in the outer and corner wells. The Nunc Edge plates significantly reduce its occurrence, effectively maintaining sample concentrations over long periods of incubation. The prevention of cell death and toxicity in the plates’ outer wells allows results to remain more true to the population phenotype for more efficient, high throughput analysis. 

For high content analysis applications, the Nunc Edge plates offer outstanding flatness and superior image quality. In cell-based assays where multiple targets are simultaneously imaged, all the fluorescence from a single location needs to focus at the same point within the imaging system. The flatness of the Edge Plates eliminates the occurrence of chromatic aberrations, enabling efficient automated imaging. Furthermore, varying reagent concentrations from assay washing/aspiration steps are also dramatically reduced.

The Nalgene® Rapid-Flow Filter is uniquely designed to optimize membrane stability, resulting in faster flow rates, increased throughput and added protection against cell culture contamination. Unlike most other filters, Rapid-Flow uses an array of evenly spaced columns that ensure uniform membrane support under vacuum. In contrast, filter units that utilize a radial spoke design suffer from added membrane distortion that promotes clogging, which in turn reduces filtration speed and throughput.

All Thermo Scientific Nalgene filter units and bottle-top filters will now incorporate the Nalgene Rapid-Flow membrane support system. For more information and to view a new animation showcasing Rapid-Flow performance advantages, go to

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