IonField Systems Launches New Products at SLAS 2015

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PlasmaKnife(TM) for microplate renewal, a first-in-class product

IonField Systems launched a series of new, innovative products at SLAS 2015 in Washington DC, February 7-11, that allow the reuse and recycling of life science consumables. The PlasmaKnife plasma cleaning system, a breakout, first-in-class product for renewal of standard and specialty microplates, was introduced as an early adopter program. The entirely new TipCharger 2.0/1536 for plasma cleaning of 1536 pin tools or fixed robotic pipettor tips, and the upgraded 2.0 TipCharger for 96 and 384 formats, were also launched to extend the TipCharger product line to a more comprehensive robotic tip cleaning offering.

“Our goal as a company is to dramatically reduce hazardous waste and the massive consumption of plasticware coming from Life Sciences laboratories,” said Paul Hensley, founder and CEO of IonField Systems. “The interest in the PlasmaKnife at SLAS was phenomenal.”

Single-use microtiter plates are a significant cost factor in HTS campaigns for new drugs and for many in vitro diagnostics applications. The PlasmaKnife uses an automated cold plasma treatment process to restore plastic microtiter plates for reuse. At SLAS, IonField presented data showing that virtually all microplates can be reused multiple times and some for a near infinite number of times. Cost reductions are expected to be 98% (50 reuses), before considering the savings from an overall reduction in plastic hazardous waste, reduced staff exposure to this waste, significant time savings in system setup and shut down, and less time spent ordering and restocking plates.

The PlasmaKnife was developed with funding in whole or in part from a SIBR Phase II Contract, awarded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN271201400051C.

About IonField Systems

IonField Systems, a life science instrumentation company, is the pioneer of applying plasma technology to reduce plastic waste in the research community. IonField Systems develops products that use cold plasma for cleaning, such as the TipCharger, for renewing pipette tips and pin tools, and the PlasmaKnife, for renewing virtually all microplates. The company's renewal process is achieved through exposure of microplates or pipette tips to room temperature plasma created by a high-voltage dielectric discharge. This renewal process is easily implemented in HTS, drug discovery, high content, and virtually any other life science laboratory process using pipet tips or microplates. IonField Systems has 8 patents issued and 3 patents pending. For more information, visit:

PlasmaKnife and TipCharger are registered trademarks of IonField Systems.

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