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publication date: Oct 27, 2014
author/source: Lab Innovations


The line-up for the Lions’ Lair competition at Lab Innovations 2014 has finally been unveiled.

Metrohm, Asynt, Spex Certiprep and the current reigning champions, Cleaver Scientific, will all step into the Lair, pitching their latest technologies and innovations to an expert panel of judges, in front of a live audience, in order to win best in show.

First into the Lair will be Cleaver Scientific, with its new product, the COMPAC-50 High Throughput COMET Assay system. Comet Assay has become an increasingly popular procedure for assessing DNA damage, both in academic and commercial research labs. The COMPAC-50 enables simultaneous electrophoresis of up to fifty COMET Assay slides, which saves considerable lab space and reduces slide handling time by up to 90%. It also marks the first of a new range of innovative systems designed specifically for rapid high throughput single cell gel electrophoresis from Cleaver Scientific. 

Asynt will be looking to impress the judges with its new product – PressureSyn. It is a high pressure reactor designed to work on any magnetic hotplate stirrer. The inbuilt safety features comprise of a double pressure relief system, including bursting disk and pressure relief valve. The 125 ml reactors are certificated and rated to a maximum pressure of 100bar and temperature of 200C. The innovative design allows for a higher level of safety than is often associated with pressure vessels used in laboratories.
Also competing for the top accolade is Spex Certiprep with its new Katanax K1 Prime Automated Electric Fluxer, which is used to prepare a wide range of samples for downstream XRF analysis. It allows scientists to assess land and monitor the clean up process, whilst maintaining a small ecological footprint. The Katanax does not require gases to work and has a very low power usage, making it an ideal piece of technology on site.

The final competitor is Metrohm. It is showcasing a product so new that details will only be revealed live on the show floor, underscoring the genuine level of innovations at Lab Innovations this year and the impressive standard of technologies entered for Lions' Lair.

Visitors at the show will also have a chance to grill the brave exhibitors and vote for their winning product. The winning company will be awarded The Lions’ Lair accolade and the results will be announced at the show.

In addition to Lions’ Lair, visitors to Lab Innovations will find plenty of new products and technologies on the show floor, which features over 100 exhibitors.

Lab Innovations 2014 is held on the 5 & 6 November, 2014 at Birmingham’s NEC.

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