World Congress on Biosensors 2014

World Congress on Biosensors 2014
Biosensors 2014

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography A

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

High Quality Microanalysis Consumables

For laboratories involved with elemental microanalysis - Exeter Analytical Inc. offers a single source for high quality, competitively priced CHN/O/S consumables and supplies irrespective of the analyzer they use.
With over 25 years experience of the microanalysis market - Exeter Analytical has developed unique manufacturing methods that ensure the performance of its consumables and supplies is second to none. With many materials produced under ISO 9001 accredited manufacturing conditions the consistent performance of Exeter Analytical Inc. consumables and supplies has removed this source of variability from microanalytical calculations.

Long experience in fine-tuning the automated production of commonly used consumables such as copper, low-hydroxyl quartz and tin capsules allows the company to produce highly consistent materials at a competitive price.

Commitment to supporting customers means the majority of items from Exeter's comprehensive CHN/O/S consumables and supplies catalogues can be supplied from stock within 24 hours.

As a company dedicated to elemental microanalysis, Exeter Analytical Inc's knowledge of CHN/O/S instruments, consumables and supplies has allowed them to better understand the entirety of the problem facing microanalysts. As a consequence whether you are a regular or an occasional purchaser an experienced and knowledgeable member of staff is always available to provide technical advice.

For latest pricing and availability of consumables and supplies for your CHN analyzer please contact Exeter Analytical on tel. +1-978-251-1411 (+44-2476-323223 in Europe) or email

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Yet more pictures from Cancun - Biosensors 2012

Photographs of the two ballrooms to be used by delegates of Biosensors 2012 at the
Peninsular Convention Centre @ Hilton Cancun

Microplate Adhesive Sealing Films

Available from Micronic Europe - the Pattern range of microplate adhesive sealing films has been designed to eliminate clogging and contamination of autosampler needles, maintain high sample integrity and provide the best barrier film for a wide variety of diagnostic and life science sample storage applications.
Manufactured using a patented process, that produces a patterned adhesive sealing film, the new range of products are able to provide an adhesive-free polymer seal over each well of the microplate. Using Pattern Adhesive Seals - sample integrity is ensured as the adhesive does not come in contact with the microplate well contents and the film seals securely just to the plates. Using coloured adhesives the application and alignment of Pattern sealing films to microplates is both simple and quick.

Pattern adhesive films are available in both 96-well and 384-well microplate formats, several film materials, and different adhesive compositions that provide high solvent (DMSO) and chemical resistance. These superior performance seal films are suitable for many different applications and provide a secure seal to microplates from -80°C to +120°C.

Dedicated to the design and production of innovative sample storage solutions over the last 25 years, Micronic is uniquely able to offer laboratories the expert advice to help them safeguard one of its most valuable assets - its samples. 

For further information on Pattern Adhesive Sealing Films please contact Micronic Europe now on telephone +31-320-277070 or email

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

High Quality 96-well Deep Well Plates

A wide range of high quality 96-well deep well plates are available from Porvair Sciences Ltd. optimized for applications in cell biology, molecular biology, drug discovery, combinatorial chemistry, screening and genomics.

Manufactured under class 10,000 conditions from ultra-pure grade polypropylene, Porvair 96-well deep well plates contain no contaminants that may leach out and affect stored sample or bacterial or cell growth.  For sensitive biological applications - Porvair offers a selection of 96-well deep well plates that are available certified as RNase / DNase free. 

Available in a choice of well shapes and volumes - Porvair 96-well deep well plates are precisely manufactured to SBS/ANSI dimensions ensuring complete compatibility with microplate washers and automated equipment.

For general work and sample storage, round 96-well deep well plates offering a working volume of 1 ml, provide an affordable, easy to use solution.  Where operational flexibility, solvent resistance and automation compatibility are important Porvair's range of precisely engineered polypropylene square 96-well deep well plates (350
μl, 1 ml and 2 ml) - provide leading edge performance. 

Porvair's popular 1ml round 96-well deep well plates are also available in red, blue and black polypropylene. The coloured 1ml round deep well plates provide a simple, yet effective way of visually differentiating stored samples by person, project, date etc.

Further information on 96-well deep well plates is available on the company website and by contacting Porvair Sciences Ltd. on telephone +44-1932-240255 or email

Just Published: Trends in Analytical Chemistry

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Monday, 28 March 2011

Dr. Sergio Caroli to receive the 2011 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler Award in Microchemistry

The American Microchemical Society (AMS) is pleased to announce the recipient of the prestigious 2011 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler Award is Dr. Sergio Caroli.
The award has been presented annually since 1966 (except 1972) to a scientist who has made significant and outstanding contributions to microchemistry in its broadest sense.
After 42 years of continued service, on July 2010 Sergio retired from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Institute of Health, ISS) where he was one of the Research Directors.  He gained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Rome in 1968 and soon afterwards a permanent member of the staff of the ISS.  His research fields are mainly focused on the role of elements in health and environmental problems, the development of spectroanalytical methodologies for the quantification of elements, the development of reference values for elements in biological materials and the preparation of reference materials for use in the life sciences as well as the implementation of quality systems, in particular as regards the Good Laboratory Practice Principles.  Over the period 1993 - 2004 he was Director of one of the four Community Reference Laboratories for Residues and Contaminants in food of animal origin established by the European Union.  He received in 1988 from the Hungarian Government the highest scientific award (Magyar Népköztársaság Csillagrendje) for special merits in promoting technical and scientific cooperation between Italy and Hungary.  In May 2000 he was awarded the title of Doctor et Professor honoris causa by the L. Eötvös University of Budapest.  In the early 1990’s he was appointed Knight of the Italian Republic and Officer of the Italian Republic.

2011 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler Award Winner, Dr. Sergio Caroli

He is the author of about 400 papers and editor and co‑author of seven books (Standard Electrode Potentials, Improved Hollow Cathode Lamps, Applications of Zeeman Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Speciation in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Environmental Contamination in Antarctica; The Determination of Chemical Elements in Food: Applications for Atomic and Mass Spectrometry, and Analytical Techniques for Clinical Chemistry: Methods and Applications, in press).  In his laboratory many doctoral dissertations were prepared until recently.
His major commitments (past and/or present) are as follows: promoter and supervisor of one of the official scientific cooperation programmes between Italy and Hungary, within the framework of which the series of biennial bilateral Symposia on Spectrochemistry (now in its fourteenth edition) has been undertaken; Member of the Italian Monitoring Authority for GLP Compliance; Senior Inspector of the National Inspectorate for the evaluation of the compliance of national testing laboratories with the principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) (until 2010); official Italian delegate in the Working Group on GLP of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (until 2010); promoter, organizer and chairman of the annual Italian Training Course for GLP Inspectors (now in its fifteenth edition); a participant in several projects on methodological developments promoted by the Institute of Reference Materials and Measurements of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission) (until 2010); scientific supervisor of several national monitoring campaigns for the assessment of reference values of elements in ecosystems and human organs; director of several national and international research projects; a member of the National Committee for Research in Antarctica (from 1991 through 2002); coordinator of one of the projects of the Programme of the Italian Ministry of Defense on the Monitoring of Exposure to Depleted Uranium (until 2011); a member of the Editorial Board of several international and national scientific journals; Director of University Masters and Training Courses on the implementation of quality systems.
The award will be presented at a symposium in his honor at the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) on November 14-17, 2011 in Somerset, New Jersey.

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography A

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

Webinar invitation "Be smart: Use Biofox biochromatography media!"

This webinar will guide you through different application fields. Biofox as the separation media always give you a maximum of performance and security during separation and the Bioline system ensures save fractionation and sample back tracking from µ-scale up to mg and g quantity separations.

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Friday, 25 March 2011

Just Published: Journal of Chromatography B

A new issue of this journal has just been published. To see abstracts of the papers it contains (with links through to the full papers) click here:

ePTFE Membrane Filter for Demanding Process Applications

Fluorofil™ filter cartridges from Porvair Filtration Group are manufactured using a highly
hydrophobic Gore ePTFE membrane. The enhanced ePTFE membrane offers exceptionally high gas flow rates at low pressure differentials.  When combined with quality all-polypropylene components and high integrity manufacturing techniques, the Fluorofil filter cartridge is ideally suited to the most demanding process conditions.

A new 24-page
Validation Guide** is available illustrating why Fluorofil ePTFE membrane cartridges are the gold standard for the most demanding filtration applications.

Membrane filters play a critical role in providing sterile air and gases in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and containment applications. The filters must be proficient in removing airborne viruses (bacteriophage) and spores from large volumes of moist air/gas streams over prolonged periods. The new 2011 validation guide describes the results of testing Fluorofil cartridges under the approved protocol ASTM F838-05, a rigorous test for evaluating the bacterial retention characteristics of membrane filters used to sterilise liquids. The test data confirmed that standard production Fluorofil filter cartridges will retain very high challenge levels of the industry standard test organism Brevundimonas diminuta. To demonstrate sterilisation capabilities in a dry gas process, the Fluorofil filters were challenged with aerosolised phage, as demonstrated using MS-2 coliphage and aerosols of non-vegetative spores, as demonstrated using spores of Bacillus atrophaeus.
The methods and protocols for sampling and challenge testing were carried out in accordance with the Parenteral Drug Association Technical Report 40 Sterilizing Filtration of Gases guidelines.

Further information is provided to show all components used in the Fluorofil filter cartridge are non-toxic and biologically inert to comply with USP Class VI - 121OC and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 21. Fluorofil filter cartridges are also demonstrated to retain integrity after repeated steaming in place cycles (SIP). Data is provided to demonstrate the high performance liquid flow and air flow characteristics of Fluorofil membrane cartridges.

Fluorofil cartridges are constructed in an ISO clean room environment under tightly controlled conditions using advanced, highly specialised machinery. Quality and consistency of product are assured by the quality control and manufacturing procedures, which are in place throughout all stages of manufacture. Each module of every Fluorofil PTFE membrane cartridge is 100% integrity tested during manufacture by the forward flow diffusion method.

Filtration and separation processes in the pharmaceutical industry are critical, not only to ensure products are adequately purified and fit for consumption, but also to optimise process economics and prevent loss of valuable product. Porvair Filtration Group has over 25 years experience in providing innovative solutions that meet the customer's requirements as well as standards set by the regulatory authorities. Manufacturing of their high performance, cost effective products is underpinned by their quality assurance programme, cGMP practices and clean room environment to ensure products meet the stringent requirements of the Pharmaceutical, Generics and Veterinary Medicines industry.

For a copy of the 2011 Fluorofil Validation Guide** please contact Porvair Filtration Group on +44-1489-864330 / +1-804-550-1600 or email

Thursday, 24 March 2011

More Views from Cancun - Biosensors 2012

As mentioned yesterday, my colleague Nina has been out to Cancun to ensure that the venue for next year's World Congress is suitable for the needs of our delegates and while there she took the following photographs to whet our appetities. A description of what she found can be located here ( and other photographs can be seen here (