Rigaku Wins "Most Innovative New Technology" Award for CrystalMation™ and Desktop Minstrel™ UV Products at the ELRIG Protein Crystallography Conference

Rigaku Wins "Most Innovative New Technology" Award for CrystalMation™ and Desktop Minstrel™ UV Products at the ELRIG Protein Crystallography Conference

The Woodlands, TX — April 21, 2008. Rigaku Americas Corporation is pleased to announce the receipt of the "Most Innovative New Technology" award for the Desktop Minstrel UV ultraviolet crystal imaging and analysis system and CrystalMation automated crystallization system at the ELRIG Protein Crystallography Conference, held in Cambridge, U.K. on April 1, 2008.

Rigaku Desktop Minstrel UV is the world's first fully automated ultraviolet (UV) imaging and protein crystal monitoring system that uses ultraviolet fluorescence (UVF) microscopy. Engineered and optimized for use in protein crystallization experiments, this new instrument is a major advance over previous visible light microscopy techniques because its UVF technology can easily distinguishing protein crystals from non-protein crystals (such as salt). The system is bundled with advanced CrystalTrak™ software for automatic imaging of crystallization experiments; furthermore, it links the acquired images with crystallization conditions in a SQL relational database, providing a complete virtual crystallization laboratory.

Rigaku CrystalMation is a fully integrated platform for protein crystallization, automating every step from custom screen making to crystallization trial imaging and analysis. Modular design means that CrystalMation systems can be configured to meet a wide range of requirements and evolve as needs change. Each of the innovative workstations is available as a stand-alone instrument or in combination with one or more additional components.


A not-for-profit organization, the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (ELRIG) is a rapidly growing special interest group, focused on robotics applications in the laboratory, whose primary purpose is to provide a communication forum for users and vendors within the scientific research, development or production community. Within ELRIG, members may be educated and network with other members, thus increasing their awareness of automation techniques and products used for scientific research, development or production. Membership consists of scientists and engineers interested in robotics and programmable automation as well as users and vendors of equipment and accessories in this field. Meetings are held in which our members' experiences in automation are presented and vendors exhibit their latest technology.

Rigaku—Leading With Innovation

Since its inception in Japan in 1951, Rigaku has been at the forefront of analytical and industrial instrumentation technology. Rigaku and its subsidiaries form a global group focused on life sciences and general purpose analytical instrumentation. With hundreds of major innovations to their credit, Rigaku companies are world leaders in the fields of small molecule and protein crystallography, X-ray spectrometry and diffraction, X-ray optics, as well as semiconductor metrology. Rigaku employs over 1,100 people in the manufacture and support of its analytical equipment. Its products are in use in more than 70 countries—supporting research, development, and quality assurance activities. Throughout the world, Rigaku continuously promotes partnerships, dialog, and innovation within the global scientific and industrial community.

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