Multisample Osmometer is suited for automation applications.

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Designed for use in biopharmaceutical industry, Advanced® 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer can be integrated with liquid handling robotics and laboratory automation platforms. It includes freezing point technology for determining sample concentration and offers bidirectional data transfer with OPC open connectivity protocol. System handles samples of 20 µL and can be controlled remotely from PC via RS-232 interface.

Original Press Release:

Advanced Instruments Introduces 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer as First True Automation-Friendly Osmometer for the Biopharmaceutical Industry

NORWOOD, MASS. - April 20, 2009 - Advanced Instruments, Inc. today introduced the Advanced® 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer as the first true automation-friendly osmometer for the biopharmaceutical industry.

"The Advanced® 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer is specifically designed for - and completely redefines - automation capabilities for osmolality testing in the biopharmaceutical laboratory," said Kelly Peterson, Product Manager, Advanced Instruments ( "The 2020-BIO system development is in response to emerging demand in the pharmaceutical industry to integrate osmolality testing within an automated platform environment."

"Based on an extension of the industry-proven Advanced 2020 Osmometer, the 2020-BIO includes a host of features which enable fast and simple integration of the system with liquid handling robotics and laboratory automation platforms." Peterson said.

The 2020-BIO has been successfully applied to automate osmolality testing in applications ranging from cell culture process development and optimization to biopharmaceutical manufacturing and process control - It can also be extended to pharmaceutical research and drug development applications including formulation development, product stability testing, and drug safety and metabolism testing.

Major features of the new 2020-BIO include:

o Freezing point technology - The industry-preferred method for determining sample concentration

o Automation friendly system design allows easy access for liquid handling robotics

o Interoperability with a broad range of robotics and liquid handling equipment

o Flexible system configuration options provide continuous sampling capabilities for enhanced throughput

o Bidirectional data transfer utilizing the preferred OPC open connectivity protocol

o Remote system control via an industry-standard RS-232 interface for secure connectivity to a PC.

o Fast and simple integration - the developer's kit includes a .DLL for osmometer controls, making automation development easy to achieve.

o Small 20 µL sample sizes - ideal for sample-limited applications or for sharing sample volume with other integrated systems.

"The bottom line is that the 2020-BIO is the only commercially available system that provides fast, accurate osmolality testing in an automation friendly package," Peterson said.

The Advanced® 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer from Advanced Instruments is available immediately for shipment in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the Advanced Instruments website at, or call 1-800-225-4034 or 1-781-320-9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. ( is the world's largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the privately held company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., D&F Control Systems, Inc., Mart Microbiology, and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments' products.

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