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Spark®

Your research partner for four market segments

Life Science research is extremely diverse and we believe that your research requires a multi-mode reader that is designed to meet your specific research needs. That's why at Tecan we offer detection solutions that have been optimised for four areas: genomics & proteomics, microbiology, cell-based assays, and drug discovery.

Start by selecting one of the four Spark configurations below and then add or remove options to fully personalise your Spark reader to best meet your needs.

 

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Outstanding speed and accuracy for DNA, RNA, and protein detection.

Ideal for fast reproducible absorbance measurements

Bob van Dun, Aspen Pharma on SelectScience®

Genomics and proteomics with Spark

Speed and accuracy are key when analyzing nucleic acids or proteins, as is the ability to accommodate a wide variety of quantitative DNA, RNA and protein assays, and ELISAs. Spark combines a wide dynamic range with outstanding wavelength accuracy at unparalleled speed to meet your diverse genomic and proteomic needs.

  • One of the fastest systems available, offering a full absorbance scan from 200 to 1,000 nm in <5 sec/well
  • NanoQuant Plate™ allows rapid, straightforward measurement of 16 x 2 µl samples simultaneously without calibration
  • High Speed Monochromator offers a typical wavelength accuracy of <0.3nm, important when reading at 280 nm for DNA analysis, for more exact results
  • 3-in-1 absorbance using a variety of sample formats, including microplates, cuvettes, and NanoQuant plate
Spark capabilities - Genomics

Additional options

  • Injectors
  • Heater and stirrer for reagents
  • Internal barcode reader
  • NanoQuant Plate
  • Spark-Stack™ integrated stacker
  • Humidity Cassette
  • Lid Lifter discs
  • Te-Cool™
  • Cell Chips™
  • RoboFlask® adapter
  • Tecan microplates

Fast absorbance measurement in microplates and cuvettes with monochromator

Designed for the widest range of concentration measurements

Essential piece of equipment for me, will expand its capability when I can afford it.

Freya Harrison, University of Warwick on SelectScience®

Microbiology with Spark

Bacteria and yeast are widely studied by monitoring their proliferation over time using optical density (OD) measurements. To achieve uniform results when studying micro-organisms over long periods of time, it is necessary to have a high absorbance range up to 4OD under controlled environmental conditions. Spark delivers this with the added benefit of label free automated cell counting capabilities.

  • No need to dilute samples for absorbance measurements, with Spark‘s range up to 4 OD
  • Quick, viable counts of cells and cell aggregation assays using label-free automated counting in Cell Chips
  • Humidity cassette reduces evaporation for long-term live cell kinetic assays by up to 50%
Spark Applications - Microbiology

Additional options

  • Injectors
  • Heater and stirrer for reagents
  • Internal barcode reader
  • NanoQuant Plate
  • Spark-Stack™ integrated stacker
  • Humidity Cassette
  • Lid Lifter discs
  • Te-Cool™
  • Cell Chips™
  • RoboFlask® adapter
  • Tecan microplates

Smart automation with Sparks patented microplate lid lifter system

Improve OD 600 bacterial growth experiments with Tecan's Spark reader and software

Label-free cell counting and viability analysis with Tecan's Spark microplate reader

Automated kinetic experiments for more uniform results

Excellent and innovative product. Highly recommended.

Kristjan Plaetzer, University of Salzburg on SelectScience®

Cell-based assays with Spark

The need for more physiologically relevant and timely results from cell-based assays continues to be a major challenge. The use of increasingly complex assays and more advanced cellular models is placing greater demands on the readouts and detection methods required to study them. Spark gives biologists the flexibility to seamlessly go from a quick visual check to a complex cytotoxicity or gene expression study using a single instrument.

  • Quickly perform visual checks before starting a run with Live Viewer™
  • Ensure biologically relevant results with full environmental control, including evaporation protection
  • Autocorrect kinetic assay data for gain, with Spark‘s unique automatic gain regulation software
  • Free up your time for live cell kinetic experiments with Smart Automation™, combining activities such as an OD600 measurement with an injection at a specific absorbance value
Spark Applications - Cell-Based-Assays

Additional options

  • Injectors
  • Heater and stirrer for reagents
  • Internal barcode reader
  • NanoQuant Plate
  • Spark-Stack™ integrated stacker
  • Humidity Cassette
  • Lid Lifter discs
  • Te-Cool™
  • Cell Chips™
  • RoboFlask® adapter
  • Tecan microplates

Smart automation with Sparks patented microplate lid lifter system

Improve OD 600 bacterial growth experiments with Tecan's Spark reader and software

Walk away montoring of cytotoxicity, viability and apoptosis

Automated monitoring of differentiation, proliferation and metabolic activity of human stem cells

Improved assay stability and sensitivity for assay development and screening

Very versatile workhorse.

Johannes Fels, Novo Nordisk A/S on SelectScience®

Drug discovery with Spark

Drug discovery is a lengthy, complex and costly process with a high degree of uncertainty. Pharma, biotech and academia face the challenges of increasing costs and lengthening timescales. Stakeholders are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of drug discovery and development by increasing throughput and reducing error rates.

  • Spark‘s Fusion Optics offer a unique combination of filters to provide sensitivity and a monochromator for wavelength flexibility, no compromise necessary
  • Get rapid absorbance readouts with Spark‘s High Speed Monochromator
  • Unique Te-Cool cooling module enhances assay stability
  • High sensitivity, uniformity and linearity for Alpha Technology assays with unique temperature sensing and correction plus pre-set filter settings for AlphaScreen®, AlphaLISA®, and AlphaPlex®
Spark Applications - Drug-Discovery

Additional options

  • Injectors
  • Heater and stirrer for reagents
  • Internal barcode reader
  • NanoQuant Plate
  • Spark-Stack™ integrated stacker
  • Humidity Cassette
  • Lid Lifter discs
  • Cell Chips™
  • RoboFlask® adapter
  • Tecan microplates

Improve fluorescence experiments in microplates with Tecan's Spark reader and software

Fast absorbance measurement in microplates and cuvettes with monochromator

Fast spectral recording of luminescence signals in microplates without compromising on sensitivity

Battle the heat in your lab - facing distorted results caused by temperature fluctuations

Spark is for research use only.

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