The University of Toronto Implements RoboDesign's CrystalMation™ Platform

The University of Toronto Implements RoboDesign's CrystalMation™ Platform

Carlsbad, CA and The Woodlands, TX — April 27, 2004. RoboDesign International, Inc., through its worldwide marketing partner, Rigaku announced that the University of Toronto, a member of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) has chosen to install the Minstrel III and RoboIncubator as its standard protein crystal imaging and analysis technology. The Minstrel HT and RoboIncubator are components of CrystalMation, a fully modular and automated protein crystallization platform, which includes systems for liquid handling, low volume dispense, imaging, storage and analysis.

The Minstrel HT, an ultra-high resolution imaging system, can quickly and consistently image hanging, sitting, or microbatch drops in any plate type. As with all of the CrystalMation components, the Minstrel HT was designed to be expandable and modular, and can be expanded with a wide array of software tools and multiple RoboIncubators, a temperature controlled plate storage and retrieval system. Delivery of the first systems to the University of Toronto's high throughput crystallography facility will be in May 2004.

"It is essential that the SGC attain a protein crystal imaging and analysis system that can meet their demanding needs for performance and reliability," said Robert L. Corey, president and CEO of RoboDesign. "We're confident that our CrystalMation technology will meet their goal in determining 200 protein structures per year. We are pleased and excited to support the SGC at the University of Toronto through the installation of our CrystalMation components and look forward to a prosperous year with them."

About RoboDesign® International, Inc.

RoboDesign International, Inc. is the premier source for development, design, and manufacture of automation solutions and instrumentation for the life sciences industry. RoboDesign offers standard as well as custom products for drug discovery and laboratory and hospital automation. With its broad range of technical expertise, RoboDesign is uniquely positioned to provide a wide array of engineering services, from rapid prototyping to OEM design and manufacturing. From fully automated pharmacy systems to protein crystal imaging and analysis, RoboDesign's enabling technologies are playing a vital role in all phases of the fight against disease.

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.

For further information, contact:

Joseph D. Ferrara, Ph.D.
VP Product Marketing and CSO
Rigaku Americas Corporation
Tel: (281) 362-2300
eMail: Joseph D. Ferrara