TAP (The Automation Partnership)

Dec. 12, 2006
Cell Culture System Offered in More Affordable Size

The Automation Partnership (TAP), a manufacturer of industrial automation for life science applications, is now offering its Compact Select, a smaller and more affordable version of TAP's high-throughput Select system.

Compact Select manages the entire cell culture process from growing and maintaining cells in T-flasks to delivering cells in assay-ready plates. It uses a 6-axis anthropomorphic robotic arm to process up to 130 T-175 flasks, 210 microplates and bar code tracking to ensure cell line security and traceability. Offering flexibility and processing power to medium throughput laboratories, it has the potential to increase cell culture productivity by more than 20 percent.

Laboratoires Fournier S.A., a French subsidiary of the international chemical and pharmaceutical group Solvay S.A., has chosen the Compact Select to increase productivity of its cell line maintenance and cell-based screening activities. It will be the first fully-automated cell culture system installed in a pharmaceutical company operating in France.