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Monitoring the quality of beer with Tecan’s Infinite® M200 PRO


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The 2013 Jugend Innovativ competition saw Tecan collaborating with HLFS Ursprung and the Stiegl brewery to optimize the HybriScan™D Beer assay (Sigma-Aldrich) for the quality control of beer on an Infinite® M200 PRO multimode reader. Bernhard Stehrer, a science teacher at HLFS Ursprung, explained: “Students voluntarily participate in the prestigious Jugend Innovativ competition during their leisure time, and decided to investigate the science behind the quality control of beer. Stiegl provided samples for analysis and showed us the methods used in its laboratory, which involve assessment of cultures under a microscope. It can take a long time to acquire sufficient experience to confidently assess cultures this way, and we felt that molecular methods might be faster and easier to learn.”

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Füreder, a Concept Engineer at Tecan Austria, continued: “We did some research, and discovered the HybriScanD Beer assay, a rapid molecular test using photometric detection. I immediately thought of the Infinite M200 PRO, and Tecan agreed to support the study. The results were really good, and compared well with those of the brewery. The students achieved a creditable 3rd place in the competition, demonstrating that the new method is both sensitive and time saving and, from a technical point of view, easier to perform. It also avoids the need for cultivation, generating results in hours rather than days, which is a huge benefit.”

To find out more about Tecan’s Infinite M200 PRO reader, visit www.tecan.com/infinite200pro

For more information please contact
Tecan Trading AG
Cornelia Kegele / Antonietta Allocca
Seestrasse 103, CH-8708 Männedorf
Tel +41 (0)44 922 81 11, Fax +41 (0)44 922 81 12
info@tecan.com www.tecan.com


About Tecan
Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, and forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2013, Tecan generated sales of CHF 388 million (USD 419 million; EUR 316 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TECN; ISIN CH0012100191).


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