Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Gen5 3.0: Growing for the Future
It’s an exciting time here at the BioTek Headquarters in Winooski, Vermont! We just had a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion to our manufacturing department that will allow us to better serve our growing global customers for years to come; we just launched our newest imaging product, the Lionheart FX Automated Live Cell Imager and our new Gen5 3.0 Microplate Reader and Imager Software. All of these are significant components to BioTek’s future, but I want to focus for a moment on the new Gen5 3.0 software.
It was back in 2011 that BioTek took its previous big leap forward in Microplate Reader software, moving from Gen5 version 1.0 to Gen5 version 2.0. At that time the Gen5 software only controlled BioTek plate readers; we did not offer any imaging systems back then. What a transition it’s been over the last five years! Since 2011 BioTek has added a number of new plate readers, including the Cytation and Lionheart FX imaging systems and has seen computer technology in the market more than double in capability. Because of all these factors, BioTek decided over a year ago to develop our next generation version of Gen5 in order to stay at the forefront of technological capabilities, while also ensuring we develop market-leading software tools for our customer base. We are excited that half a decade after Gen5 2.0 was released; we have launched our next big version, Gen5 3.0. This version significantly expands capabilities across the entire user workflow in order to meet and exceed customer demands for years to come.
As a central component to so many of BioTek’s multi-mode and single mode plate reader and imaging instruments, it took a phenomenal cross-functional team effort to complete Gen5 3.0. All the various groups at BioTek have done an amazing job at orchestrating the product requirements, development, validation/testing, manufacturing and launch activities.
The whole team at BioTek is excited to get behind this new Gen5 3.0 software. We hope that our current and future customers will use it to make discoveries that help advance our scientific understanding and ultimately improve our world!
By: BioTek Instruments, Caleb Foster, Product Manager, Development