Pipettes and Dispenser provide sample prep and liquid handling.

Press Release Summary:

Evolution(TM) P3 benchtop system dispenses into 96-, 384-, and 1536-well microplates. It includes 16-position deck to hold labware, and is controlled by WinPREP(R) automation software. Stand-alone FlexDrop(TM), for assay development, dispenses up to 4 reagents into 96- to 1536-well, SBS-standard, shallow or deepwell microplates with dynamic dispense range of 500nL to 2.5mL and above. Up to 99 pre-programmed dispense protocols can be stored in system.

Original Press Release:

PerkinElmer Life Sciences Launches Two New Products For Sample Preparation And Liquid Handling

BOSTON-February 11, 2002-PerkinElmer Life Sciences, a leading provider of drug discovery, life science research and clinical screening technologies and services, today announced two new products for sample preparation and liquid handling. The Evolution(TM) P3 precision pipetting platform is a new, benchtop
system for dispensing into 96-, 384-, and 1536-well microplates. The FlexDrop(TM) precision reagent dispenser is a standalone platform for assay development. Both products were showcased recently at the Lab Automation 2002 Conference in Palm Springs, CA.

The Evolution P3 precision pipetting platform is based on the patented MultiPosition Dispense (MPD) module developed for the Packard-brand PlateTrak and MiniTrak Systems. Evolution P3 provides high-throughput automation for a wide range of applications, including compound plate reformatting and replication, cell-based and ELISA assays, reagent additions, PCR setup and more. The MPD enables accurate 96- and 384-channel pipetting into 96- to 1536-well SBS standard shallow and deepwell
microplates, and includes options for an integrated gripper and 96- to 1536-channel Pintools.

Designed with a small footprint, the Evolution P3 includes a 16-position deck to hold a variety of labware including chillers, reagent bottles, tip wash cartridges and automatic tip loading. The system can be integrated with up to four Packard-brand PlateStak automated microplate handlers. Each PlateStak can hold
up to 100 microplates and 24 RoboRack tip boxes for unattended feeding of tips and microplates.

"With the introduction of these latest products, we've broadened and strengthened our liquid handling system offerings to provide the most complete line of sample preparation systems in the drug discovery industry," said Dan Roark, vice president, liquid handling systems, PerkinElmer Life Sciences. "The Evolution P3 is the industry's most versatile benchtop system with an integrated gripper and ability to access both an expanded labware deck and integrated external devices. The FlexDrop reagent dispenser offers precise small volume dispensing into the industry's widest range of microplate formats with C.V.'s as low as 5 percent."

Evolution P3 is controlled by PerkinElmer's Packard-brand WinPREP® software automation software. WinPREP is highly flexible drag-and-drop software with pre-programmed procedure templates and labware libraries. WinPREP is now standard on MultiPROBE® II, MiniTrak(TM), ImageTrak(TM) and now Evolution P3

The FlexDrop precision reagent dispenser provides the industry's broadest range of standalone dispensing capability. The system can dispense up to four reagents into 96- to 1536-well SBS standard shallow or deepwell microplates with a dynamic dispense range of 500nL to 2.5mL and above for plate preparation, assay development and compound archiving.

Up to 99 pre-programmed dispense protocols can be stored in the system. FlexDrop is automation friendly and easily integrates with the Packard-brand MultiPROBE II sample processor. The FlexDrop platform will include several models to handle a varying number of reagents and volumes.

About PerkinElmer Life Sciences
PerkinElmer Life Sciences, Inc. is a global provider of drug discovery, research, and clinical screening products, services and technologies for the life science industry. Incorporating Packard BioScience®, NEN® and Wallac(TM) product brands, PerkinElmer Life Sciences offers a complete line of instrumentation, reagents and consumables, as well as assay development, sample preparation and biochip technologies for high
throughput screening, and other areas involved in target validation for drug discovery.

For more information, contact: PerkinElmer Life Sciences,
549 Albany Street, Boston, MA, 02118, USA; Telephone: (800) 551-2121 (U.S. Only) or +1 (617) 482-9595; Fax: +1 (617) 482-1380. Website: www.perkinelmer.com/lifesciences.

PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global technology leaderfocused in three core businesses - Life Sciences, Optoelectronics and Analytical Instruments. Combining operational excellence and technology expertise with an intimate understanding of our customers' needs, PerkinElmer creates innovative solutions - backed by unparalleled service and support -for customers in health care, communications and other markets whose applications demand absolute precision and speed. The company operates in more than 125 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through www.perkinelmer.com or 1-877-PKI-NYSE.

For further information:
Jim Monahan
PerkinElmer Life Sciences
(617) 350-9618

Helen Shik/Jayme Maniatis
Schwartz Communications, Inc.
(781) 684-0770

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