The Automation Partnership (TAP) has announced that its new micro bioreactor system (ambr) is now available with an integrated Beckman Coulter Vi-Cell cell-viability analyser.
This new option on the ambr workstation, available with 24 or 48 disposable bioreactors, uses a fully integrated Vi-Cell cell-viability analyser to automate online measurement of viable cell number (VCN) and cell viability, allowing daily cell counts without the need for manual intervention.
The system uses sterile, disposable tips to transfer cell suspensions to the counter and includes the ability to dilute cells prior to measurement, minimising culture volumes used and allowing counts of dense cell suspensions.
With the integrated Vi-Cell analyser, scientists can also review numerical and image data via the ambr software, providing a single location to manage the entire experiment.
The integrated system can also use cell-count data to make automatic feeds based on threshold values or proportional to the cell count, providing a walk-away system with a built-in feedback loop.
These features allow users to leave their experiments for automatic processing overnight or at weekends, saving time and further improving lab productivity.