HighRes Biosolutions Launches NanoCell - the World’s Smallest Modular Robotic System Available for Drug Discovery

June 22, 2009

HighRes Biosolutions, the leader in innovative robotic systems and laboratory devices for private and academic research laboratories, announced the launch of NanoCell, its newest entry into the world of modular robotic equipment used in drug discovery. NanoCell, the smallest modular work cell available, responds to the ever-increasing demand for a small, flexible, and dynamic system that can do all that HighRes’ larger MicroStar can do - but over a smaller footprint and on a much smaller budget.

"NanoCell is ideal for laboratories that can benefit from our modular, robotic equipment but may not have a need for our much larger systems," said HighRes Managing Director Ira Hoffman. "Because of the myriad of ways in which a NanoCell can be configured and re-configured, we expect this product will be the perfect solution for a wide range of scientific applications, including new areas like high content screening and functional genomics."

Just like HighRes’ larger-scale MicroStar, the key to the NanoCell is modularity - whereby customers can design a small automated system ideally suited to their application and yet retain the ability to exchange components as their research demands change or newer technology becomes available.

Since its founding just five years ago, HighRes Biosolutions has emerged as the leading provider of major robotic systems to clients engaged in pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic research for applications including compound management and ultra high throughput screening. The Company's technology is centered on the unique HighRes MicroDock, a docking station that allows laboratory devices to be accurately positioned - and repositioned -- around a central industrial robotic arm. The MicroDock allows the researcher to plug and unplug devices quickly (less than 30 seconds), automatically supplying power, gases and network communications without needing to manually handle cables or tubing. Ultimately, it is the modular functionality of the MicroDock that allows researchers to change the way they work - no longer tied to single-use systems as they had been. Further, when used in a lab with more than one HighRes system, the docking technology allows researchers to transfer inventory and devices around the lab from system to system, quickly, smoothly and intact.

NanoCell was unveiled at the SBS Conference in Lille, France, running from April 27-29th, where trade show attendees saw an actual NanoCell in operation.