AUTOMATED PATCH CLAMPING finally achieves high throughout!

John Comley
October 01, 2015 14:21

Introduction

Two new third-generation automated patch clamp (APC) systems capable of high throughput processing (10,000 data points per eight-hour day) and full robotic integration have been recently launched.The resulting wider choice of primarily 384 APC systems has the potential to intensify competition in the market for APC consumables (patch plates). Current patch plate consumable pricing still lags behind customer expectations. It remains to be seen if any vendor will break ranks by significantly lowering its consumable price, thereby unlocking the broader exploitation of APC and finally facilitating cost-effective primary ion channel screening of large libraries via patch clamping.

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