Tecan Software Takes Control in San Diego

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego, US, are taking advantage of Tecan's Freedom EVO® 200 Workstation and Freedom EVOware® software to generate a genome wide RNAi library for looking at specific gene function in Drosophila.

The magnitude of a project that involves amplifying 20,000 genes initially presented some difficulties as Jeff Reid, staff research associate, explained: "The large number of primer pairs and the scale of the PCR preparation meant that carrying out the PCR process manually was not feasible. The obvious answer was to automate the procedure using our Freedom EVO Workstation with a protocol designed by the Freedom EVOware."

"We have found Freedom EVOware to be very user-friendly and reliable," Jeff continued, "and the EVOware desktop interface is definitely cleaner than similar programs I have used. You can optimize standard protocols by accessing the commands and flight types that you need without being slowed down by a large number of options that you are never going to use. It lets you get as complex as you like in terms of workstation protocols and it gives you a greater degree of freedom to create more elegant programs."

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Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global player in the Life Sciences supply industry specializing in the development, production, and distribution of advanced automation solutions enabling pharma and academic research, diagnostics, food and veterinary research as well as forensics. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the leading supplier of compound and sample storage, management and logistics solutions. Tecan clients are pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments and diagnostic laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2005, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 344.9 million (USD 275.9 Mio.; EUR 222.5 Mio.). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN / Reuters: TECZn.S / Valor: 1210019).

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