SOURCE: Tecella


April 20, 2009 08:08 ET

Tecella Releases 384-Channel Patch Clamp Amplifier

COSTA MESA, CA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Tecella has released the Apollo, the world's first full-featured multi-channel patch clamp amplifier capable of simultaneous recording from 384 channels. With the availability of the Apollo, Automatic Patch Clamp (APC) manufacturers will now be able to develop ion channel screening systems capable of 20,000 data points per day.

"The Apollo can record at 20 kHz on all 384 channels and perform automatic compensation on all 384 channels in 20 seconds, while still maintaining the low noise performance our customers have come to expect," states Brian Anderson, Lead Software Engineer. "Apollo finally makes High Throughput Screening of ion channels possible."

Apollo consists of a 16-bit, 8 Msps Digitizer and up to eight 48-channel amplifier boards, all housed in a compact chassis measuring just 8.2" x 7.5" x 14" (21 cm x 19 cm x 36 cm). Apollo interfaces to the computer through a single USB cable. Each amplifier channel is fully featured with integrated headstage, two Rf settings, series resistance compensation, fast and slow capacitance compensations, junction potential offset adjustment, analog leak compensation, ZAP, Bessel filter and internal model cell. Apollo is offered in a bilayer version, Apollo-B, configured optimally for recording from bilayers.

The Apollo comes with easy-to-use recording software, TecellaLab, as well as a full-featured, well-documented software development kit.

The Apollo can be configured with as few as two 48-channel boards to accommodate systems using 96-well planar patch clamp chips. Various cabling options are available.

Tecella is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, and specializes in the development of whole-cell patch clamp amplifier systems for the advancement of drug discovery. For inquiries regarding this press release, please email or call +1-714-641-1709.

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