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ForteBio Introduces BLItz™, a Revolutionary, Micro-volume Label-free Analysis Platform for Personal Assays
Date:12/5/2011

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ForteBio®, Inc., a leading supplier of label-free technology that accelerates the development of biotherapeutic and pharmaceutical products, today announced the launch of BLItz™, a revolutionary new platform that will enable scientists – for the first time – to conduct label-free analyses of proteins using small sample volumes easily and cost-efficiently at their lab bench. The new platform was unveiled today at the IBC Antibody Engineering and Therapeutics Conference in San Diego, Calif. (Booth #206 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel).

"With BLItz, researchers will be able to perform specific protein quantitation, kinetics and affinity analyses of protein interactions with just a drop of sample in a simple 'drop, read, done' format at a price point below $20,000 per instrument," said Christopher Silva, ForteBio's vice president of marketing. "We believe BLItz will revolutionize the use of label-free protein analysis by making it more accessible than ever to individual bench scientists throughout the world. Ultimately, this will help to further drive basic research and biotherapeutic development."

Historically, label-free assays have been used selectively and relegated to institutions' core labs due to their high complexity and expense. This has traditionally produced bottlenecks in biotherapeutic research and development as scientists may wait days and weeks to schedule their experiments and then hours or longer to obtain results. BLItz is small – taking up less surface area than a tablet personal computer – so it can fit easily in an individual scientist's workspace and is simple to use. It requires only four microliters of sample – which is 15 to 20 times less volume than needed for traditional, SPR-based label-free assays or microplate-based ELISA assays. Additionally, its Dip and Read™ assays utilize disposable, ready-to-use biosensors to uniquely provid
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