TAP Biosystems, a supplier of automation and consumables for life-science applications, has introduced three new options for its Compact Select automated cell culture systems.
These options will enable scientists to automate processing of T75 flasks, pipette-chilled reagents at low volumes and alter oxygen levels to optimise conditions for reproducibly culturing complex cell lines.
The T75 Flask Processing Adaptor, with unique barcodes on each adaptor, allows Corning T75 or BD Falcon T75 flasks to be uncapped and processed alongside T175 format flasks.
This means researchers can easily automate the generation of traceable, reproducible-quality individual cell lines for low-throughput applications such as electrophysiology.
The Low Volume Reagent Dispensing Option provides chilled storage at 6C for up to six different reagents of 40ml each and its pipette adaptor allows 100ul-1ml to be aseptically dispensed into flasks.
Using this feature, scientists can reduce the costs of screening studies by programming their Compact Select to automatically add small quantities of expensive reagents, such as growth factors and transfection reagents, to their cell lines.
For researchers requiring hypoxic incubator conditions on their Compact Select system to enhance expansion of stem cells, control stem cell differentiation or mimic intra-tumour conditions, TAP Biosystems has designed the new Incubator Oxygen Control Option.
This reduces oxygen levels using displacement via a separate nitrogen gas supply to generate a low-percentage oxygen environment, thus creating conditions that are suitable for continuous unattended culturing of stem cells.