Technology and Applications Overview

How do wall-less plates work?
The DropArray plates are made with a hydrophobic planar surface and either 96 or 384 hydrophilic spots, arrayed in the standards SBS/ANSI format. DropArray plates are uniquely designed for three applications.

Laminar Wash™ plate

Laminar Wash plates are used for cell processing of suspensions cells for flow cytometry assays. Each plate has 96 wells designed with two satellites to allow for dual-nozzle laminar flow washing via the DA-Cell washing station (HT1000). Each well has its own nozzles for quick and simultaneous washing of each well. Each well can have volumes up to 70 ul which is equivalent to approximately 5 million cells.

DA-Bead 96-well plate

DA-Bead plates are used for bead-based immunoassay assays. Plates are formatted in either 96- or 384-well formats and laminar flow washing occurs with by flooding the plate with buffer via the DropArray washing stations (LT210 or HT200).

Applications of DropArray Technology

Maximize Data Quality. Minimize Reagent Consumption.
DropArray technology has applications and product specific offerings in three main areas of research:

  • Magnetic Bead-based Immunoassays
  • Cell processing for staining and retention of suspension cells in flow cytometry applications
  • High content screening applications including transfection, autophagy, and drug screening
Application Traditional Challenges DropArray Solutions DropArray Platform Advantages
Centrifuge-less cell processing for flow cytometry assays Traditional centrifuge-based preparationof cells are time consuming, labor intensive, waste expensive reagents, and stress cells. There is significant cell loss and incomplete washing resulting in problems with gating and cell segmentation. DA-Cell Laminar Wash technology retains more than 95% of cells, completes washing in 2-4 minutes, significantly easier gating and segregation of cell populations even with high number of colors, and offers consistent, operator-independent, reliable data.
Magnetic Bead-based Immunoassays Traditional microplates require large volumes of reagent. Beads and assay reagents are expensive, limiting data output. The majority of beads, which are very costly, are wasted unnecessarily. The walls limit efficient washing and enable bead aggregation affecting the quality of data. DA-Bead Miniaturization with the DA-Bead plates reduces sample volume and bead consumption by 5X and decreases assay costs by >60%. Laminar flow washing is efficient and limits bead aggregation.

Uniquely Designed Features of Plates by Application

  Application Research Area Format Laminar Flow Washing Method Volume
Laminar Wash Suspension cell preparation for flow cytometry Cell analysis 96-well Dual nozzole individual cell Up to 70 µl
DA-Bead Miniaturization of bead-based assays Protein detection/immunoassays 96- and 384-well Whole plate washing

5-20 µl for 96-well

2-4 µl for 384-well