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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

be able to conduct analysis on-orbit. Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director of NanoRacks said, "Having the SpectraMax M5e Reader on-orbit will allow researchers to undertake research with real-time results. It was difficult and time consuming to undertake quality, repetitive research projects before the completion of the International Space Station. A new era has begun, and researchers will be able to do quality work without the cloak of gravity."

In addition, researchers will use the reader to do sophisticated analysis of experiments in areas such as: biochemistry, molecular biology, stem cell and cancer research, immunology, enzymatic type studies, microbial growth, and endotoxin testing. Johnson said, "We believe this will be the first time ever that researchers will be able to see on-orbit reactions happening via the use of fluorescence polarization - this is breaking into new areas of sophisticated research."

"We are extremely pleased that NanoRacks has chosen the M5e Reader because of its robustness of features, ease-of-operation, and software that make it a clear choice for space-based researchers on the space station," said Mikey Kindler, Director of Marketing, BioResearch Products.  "We look forward to working with NanoRacks in the months ahead to ensure that the M5e Reader will soon be operational in space."

Ultimately, the M5e Reader will join NanoRacks expanding line of commercial hardware on the space station, which includes microscopes, a centrifuge, and their research platforms - all designed to lead to a path to stimulate commercial usage of these products from the broader research community. Under the terms of the NASA service contract awarded to NanoRacks, the M5e Reader will be owned by NanoRacks. NASA sponsored researchers will have access to the unit while allowing NanoRacks to market the plate reader to commercial users. The Space Act Agreement with NASA's U.S. National Lab allows NanoRacks to develop, operate, and marke
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