Automated Sample Preparation And Analysis In One Compact Instrument
The Blue Ocean CR Series is the first fully integrated, fluorescence-based, cellular analysis research systems dedicated to running standardized immune monitoring panels. The design of the CR Series takes full advantage of advanced technology to introduce a fresh, innovative approach to automating the process of immune panel testing. The CR Series combines automated sample preparation and analysis in one compact instrument that communicates with your LIS. The result: great productivity and cost savings in a highly reliable system.
The CR 150 Immune Monitoring System provides “Load & Go” sample processing. If the computer (LIS) connection is used, the operator simply mixes the tube, presents it to the systems' bar-code reader, and loads it into a sample loader. The system does all the rest. No need for separate prep and analysis instruments and computers, or for transporting samples back and forth between them.
The CR 150 is especially designed for clinical researchers running one or more fixed immune surveillance panels for contract research, pharmaceutical drug development, and research in university medical centers and reference labs. The standardized immune monitoring panels may be monitoring for immunodeficiency (HIV-AIDS), autoimmune diseases, organ transplant response, infectious diseases, oncology and others. The system is introduced with two fixed immune monitoring panels, and many more in development. Blue Ocean is also able to customize 2-to-5-color antibody panels for use in whole blood applications.
With all sample preparation and analysis fully integrated in one system, there is no need for slow and tedious “batch processing” of the day’s samples. The CR 150 automatically prepares patient samples in a microtiter plate, so there are no daughter tubes to label and keep track of, and significantly less blood and reagents are needed. Samples can be loaded onto the system at any time, and each will be automatically processed in one minute. Time to first result (TFR) is less than 20 minutes, with subsequent results reported about every 2 minutes. Capacity is more than 100 samples per day. Results can be reported much quicker and earlier in the day, so a lab’s capacity can be significantly increased.
With all these advantages in throughput, efficiency and automation, one would expect that the CR 150 System would cost more than existing competitive instrumentation. But in fact, it costs much less. Add up the savings: lower system costs, lower reagent costs and reduced hands-on labor means the overall cost to own and operate a CR 150 System results in a significant overall cost savings.
While comparable systems, with their multiple modules and computer screens, take up between 10 and 13 feet of valuable bench space, this workhorse Blue Ocean system is compact. The CR 150 is only 19 inches wide, keeping the footprint small and freeing up valuable space for the lab.
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