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Scavenger resins
The role of palladium as a catalyst in organic chemistry has been well documented, including its use in such common reactions as Suzuki-style cross-coupling reactions, Heck reactions, and Buchwald amidations, as well as hydrogenations. Although palladium is recognized as an excellent catalyst, removing it from the target product is sometimes a problem, and for use in drug discovery, the active compound must contain palladium levels below a few parts per million. Traditional methods of removing palladium involve chromatography, but this can be labor- and solvent-intensive.

One modern technique for purifying reactions in drug discovery is the use of polymer-bound scavenger reagents. Two new palladium scavenger resins have been developed with which greater than 99% removal of palladium has been demonstrated by simply stirring either of them with a solution of the compound of interest at room temperature for 4–24 h.

A typical scavenging procedure is to add 2.2 molar equivalents of either PS-2-mercaptonicotinamide (1) or PS-dithiothreitol (2) to the target molecule dissolved in a tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution. The suspension is either agitated or stirred for 4–24 h and then filtered. The polymer reagent is washed twice with THF and filtered. The combined THF filtrates are then concentrated in vacuo to yield the final product. Test reactions used 22 mg of palladium acetate [Pd(OAc)2] and 220 mg of scavenging resin. After 4–24 h of agitation, less than 1 mg of mass was recovered. When tetrakis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(0) [Pd(Ph3P)4] was used as the palladium source, only triphenylphosphine [Ph3P] was recovered as determined by 1H-NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis.

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Micro parallel LC system
The Veloce micro parallel liquid chromatography (mPLC) system provides increased sample analysis capacity to scientists who need information to make timely research decisions. It uses established HPLC techniques, integrating them with conventional laboratory workflow to increase time and cost efficiency. The Veloce system is designed for fast, high-quality sample analysis in analytical chemistry, specifically in the drug discovery and development process.

The features of the Veloce system include increased sample analysis capacity and the ability to generate chromatograms comparable to those produced by conventional HPLC instrumentation for a broad class of analytical chemistry applications. The Veloce system provides up to 24 simultaneous separations. This parallel analysis provides the ability to analyze a large number of compounds simultaneously, generate a standard curve, and increase the number of replicates or conditions used in a study.

At the heart of the Veloce system is the 24-column Brio cartridge, which enables multiple samples to be analyzed in parallel for increased throughput. The cartridges can incorporate columns of varying lengths and a range of stationary phases. Researchers can select cartridges to fulfill throughput and to optimize performance for specific experimental protocols. Because the Veloce system is similar to traditional HPLC systems, scientists can continue to use their existing processes and protocols when adopting this product.

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Membrane filters. Supor EKV 0.2 micron sterilizing-grade filters are designed for economical filtration of buffers, biologicals, tissue culture media, ophthalmic products, and many other biopharmaceutical fluids. These unique poly(ether sulfone) (PES) membrane filters contain a built-in prefilter layer that has been developed with a proprietary, asymmetrical, V-shaped, funnel-like pore structure that increases throughput to extend filter life and allows for economical design of filtration systems. Supor EKV filters will be on display at INTERPHEX 2004, March 16–18, in New York, Booth 1321.
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Autosampler. The Sample Sentinel refrigerated unit offers robotic liquid-chromatographic autosampling by moving the sample vial to sampling, diluting, or mixing stations without requiring complex mechanical drivers. Capable of transferring 105 vials (300 µL or 1.8 mL) in three removable trays when cooled or 120 vials when uncooled, the unit is designed for use with microbore, standard-bore, or preparative applications and is available for precise fixed-loop and variable-loop injection. With the sample preparation option, up to three reagent additions are programmable in microliter volumes with virtually unlimited programmable steps.
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Online platform. The Celera Discovery System online platform is a subscription-based, integrated research platform that provides online access to the most comprehensive and current set of curated biological data and analysis tools available for comparing the human and mouse genomes. The platform includes an interactive, customizable Map Viewer that provides graphical displays for comparing human and mouse genes within their genomic contexts.
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Reagents. The Qtracker 655 Kit is designed for loading Qdot nanocrystals into live cells. The kit uses custom targeting peptides to deliver highly luminescent Qdot quantum dots to the cytoplasm. Once inside the cells, Qtracker labels provide strong, stable fluorescence that does not bleach over time, even after extensive continuous illumination and observation. Qtracker quantum dots add no additional autofluorescence, are not transferred to adjacent cells in the population, and display excellent retention properties; the nanocrystals used in the kit remain inert and nontoxic to many cell types and can be followed in some cell lines for up to a week.
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Reagents. Brilliant SYBR Green-based QRT-PCR reagents provide a universal solution to real-time PCR detection and gene quantification. The SYBR Green dye binds specifically to double-stranded PCR products without the need for sequence-specific probes. The QRT-PCR reagents are optimized on Stratagene’s Mx4000 multiplex quantitative PCR system and Mx3000 real-time PCR system, and are validated on most other QPCR instruments.
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Software. FlashMaster flash chromatography software supports the purification requirements of several chemists. Common to both the FlashMaster II and Solo instrument platforms, FlashMaster software performs real-time chromatography data analysis and instructs the instruments to collect targeted fractions in minimal solvent volumes. A flash chromatography setup wizard automatically sets the correct flow rate based on column size, and it guides users through purification, detection, and fraction collection programming.
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Pipettor. The ergonomically designed Scienceware Pipette Pump III helps to reduce the risk of injury from repetitive and awkward pipetting motions. The compact and lightweight design adds only 152 mm to the pipette length and is ideal for fume hoods and controlled-environment glove boxes. The optimally located thumbwheel aspirates and dispenses down to a volume of one drop at a time while providing a more relaxed grip.
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Software. The ActiveSite software add-on to the BioCAChe, BioMed-CAChe, and WorkSystem Pro products provides powerful tools to speed the drug discovery process by allowing researchers to predict and select better-quality leads before making them in the laboratory. Scientists can import and display 3D proteins directly from the Protein Data Bank and then view, analyze, and modify them by using interactive sequence and 3D structure editor windows. Users also can optimize proteins, dock ligands, and model reactions of molecules with tens of thousands of atoms.
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Catalog. The 2004–2005 Intermediates and Building Blocks Catalog offers 2289 diverse compounds that are available in multigram quantities and are suitable for combinatorial and other synthetic requirements. Included in the catalog is a CD-ROM database containing more than 40,000 unique and varied screening compounds and the recently acquired Merlin database. A copy may be ordered by e-mail at
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Filter plates. The one-piece design of MultiScreenHTS filter plates, specifically developed for automated workstations, features rigid sidewalls for robotic gripper arms, providing ample surface to accommodate bar-code labels. In addition, a removable underdrain allows easy membrane access. The high-throughput plates are optimized for general sample preparation, ELISpot, whole-organism visualization, and radioisotope detection applications. MultiScreenHTS filter plates are available in a range of plastics and membranes.
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Dispenser. The WellMate is a high-speed, small-footprint, 8-channel fluid dispenser for 96- and 384-well microplates. It features a height-adjustable dispense head to accommodate dispensing to shallow- and deep-well plates and blocks; low-cost, disposable, presterilized tubing cartridges that enable dispense volumes of 2.0–2000 µL; programmability in 1.0-µL increments; memory for storing as many as 18 dispense protocols; and a digital keypad. RS232 programming promotes robotic integration, and a removable plate stage makes cleaning fast and easy.
Matrix Technologies -

DNA purification. NucleoSpin Plasmid QuickPure Kits are designed for batch preparation of up to 15 µg of plasmid DNA from 1–3 mL of bacterial overnight cultures. These kits allow you to quickly prepare high-quality plasmid DNA. Simply apply the supernatant of your bacterial lysate to the column, use a single wash step to remove remaining contaminants, and elute. The optimized buffer system ensures that contaminants such as salts, metabolites, nucleases, and soluble cellular components are removed.
BD Biosciences Clontech -

Illumination system. The MT20 is an integral part of a real-time imaging station for live-cell experiments. The system optionally supports two types of short-arc lamps: 150-W Xe or Hg/Xe mixed-gas burners. Bulbs can be exchanged within a minute and realigned easily using an integrated photodiode to monitor light output. The MT20 can be equipped with up to eight excitation filters of standard size and also features an attenuation device and a very fast shutter.
Olympus BioSystems -

PCR system. The FailSafe Real-Time PCR System incorporates SYBR Green I dye for detecting double-stranded DNA generated during PCR. During each phase of DNA synthesis, the SYBR Green I dye binds to the amplified PCR products, and the amplicon quantity is monitored in real time by measuring its fluorescence. The incorporation of SYBR Green I dye into a real-time PCR reaction provides great flexibility because no target-specific probes are required.
Epicentre -

Sealing kit. The 500-µL WebSeal Kit consists of a 96-well, middepth polypropylene Microtiter plate that is preinserted with 500-µL glass vials and includes the WebSeal silicon/PTFE sealing mat. The sealing mat provides for easy sealing of all 96 wells to eliminate cross-contamination of the samples. A cutting tool is provided that allows individual tubes to be removed from the rack without breaking the seal. The sealing mats are available solid or pre-slit for easy penetration, and they are dry-heat-autoclavable.
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Catalog. This 16-page color catalog includes digital, programmable, and orbital mixing chilling/heating dry baths. A comprehensive range of accessory sample blocks for centrifuge tubes, PCR tubes, assay plates, and test tubes is also available. In addition, the catalog offers digital and programmable chilling/heating benchtop incubators, digital chilling/heating HPLC column ovens, digital chilling/heating minicirculators, and variable-speed rotating mixers. To order, e-mail
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Syringe pump. The Baby Bee model offers a unique alternative to traditional syringe pump design. Because the syringe drive is unbundled from the control mechanism, the pump is smaller and much more versatile, since a variety of controllers can be used for the same syringe drive. This approach eliminates the cost (in both dollars and laboratory space) of redundant power supplies, displays, and controls common to pump designs in which the syringe drive is built into the control cabinet.
BASi -

Pipettor. The Cellmate II, a portable serological pipettor, is powered by a lithium ion battery and comes with a table stand, wall mount, universal power supply, and plug adapters for international use. Large aspirate and dispense triggers offer a comfortable finger platform and allow precise control of liquid manipulations. A large, backlit LED monitors battery charge and pump speeds for both aspiration and dispense. Separate speed buttons allow individual control of both functions.
Matrix Technologies -

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