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ATLANTA and CHELMSFORD, Mass., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Magellan Biosciences, a global manufacturer of products designed to make diagnostic testing easier, more cost-effective, and less labor intensive, unveiled its Dynex Agility microplate sample processor in Atlanta yesterday at the AACC Clinical Lab Expo. The Agility system represents a long-awaited advance for laboratories seeking to improve the workflow efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and reliability of results of open enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) testing systems. The Agility system significantly reduces hands-on time for ELISA test procedures, offering walk-away performance for sample and reagent loading, liquid transfer steps, plate transfers, and pipetting. ELISA immunoassays are ubiquitous in diagnostic labs, used for a wide variety of applications from infectious disease to drugs-of-abuse testing.

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Breakthrough Automation for Open ELISA Systems

"The Agility system will revolutionize ELISA microplate processing," said Adrian Bunce, Magellan's executive vice president and chief innovation officer. "Open systems are usually lower volume and slower than closed ELISA instruments. The Agility system bridges the gap: never before has one instrument combined the workflow performance typical of closed ELISA systems with the flexibility of an open system. You can run more tests in less time with fewer tedious steps and costly errors."

Bunce explained that even with automated closed systems, processing errors could occur in the dozen or more required manual steps. For example, users must decant and measure reagents and monitor and stock consumables, such as pipette tips and wash buffers. The Agility system automates all these steps. "With laboratories facing ever-increasing pressure to do more with less, labor-intensive front-end pro

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