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Molecular Devices' SpectraMax® M5e Multi-Mode Microplate Reader Chosen to be the First Microplate Reader in Space by NanoRacks, LLC for NASA's International Space Station
Date:5/17/2011

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Molecular Devices, a leading provider of instruments, software, and consumables for drug discovery and life sciences research, announced that NanoRacks, LLC has chosen the SpectraMax® M5e Multi-Mode Microplate Reader for use in NASA's International Space Station; the M5e Reader will be the first microplate reader to be used in space.

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Molecular Devices top-of-the-line M5e Reader offers flexible configurations across all commonly-used detection methods to accommodate a wide range of life sciences applications. The M5e Reader includes industry-leading SoftMax® Pro Data Analysis Software that can meet all throughput, content, and multiplexing needs of researchers who conduct microplate-based analysis.

NanoRacks chose the M5e Reader for the following reasons:

  • It has the most advanced features, ease-of-operation, and quality software.
  • The mechanics of the reader allow efficient adaptation to the zero gravity of space.
  • The reader has the most features and capabilities in one unit.
  • The M5e Reader is easily automated.
  • The M5e Reader was specifically requested by researchers.

At NanoRacks, the challenge for the engineers will be to modify the plate reader in order for the unit to operate comfortably in the zero-gravity environment of the space station. "Our task over the next several months will be to assure that the astronauts can fully utilize the plate reader in the weightlessness environment of space," said chief engineer Mike Johnson. "This is a fun challenge: the industry researchers specifically called out for the M5e Reader and now we have to adapt it for the space station."

Once the M5e Reader is operational, space-based researchers will
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