OCTOBER WEBINAR SERIES

Urban myths of microplate readers
Exploring misconceptions and understanding the technologies
In this unique new five-part weekly webinar series, we’ll introduce you to various aspects of microplate reader technology in an educational and entertaining way!

Starting with some basic concepts, we’ll explain a number of ‘urban myths’ or misconceptions each week - as well as introducing a variety of theories and technologies  – ultimately enabling you to fully understand the choices you make when writing protocols, choosing a new plate reader or optimizing an existing assay. 

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Can't make all of the dates? Go ahead and register, and we will make sure you get the on-demand recordings at the end of the series.

 

WEEK 1: OD, RFU or RLU - What exactly are they and why bigger is not always better! 

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 British Summer Time | 11:00 European Summer Time
Duration: 45 minutes

In this first webinar, we’ll introduce you to the presenters who hope to educate (and entertain) you over the next five weeks. Starting with a brief discussion of the 3 main read modes of absorbance, fluorescence and luminescence, we will also:

  • Demystify the truth around signal size and sensitivity
  • Discuss the differences between readouts from different Molecular Devices microplate readers
  • Help navigate the minefield of comparing reader specifications ‘on paper’

Presenter:
Simon Lydford - Application Scientist Manager, Molecular Devices

 

WEEK 2: Which microplate reader? Decisions, decisions and how to be less confused! 
 
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 10:00 British Summer Time | 11:00 European Summer Time
Duration: 45 minutes

There are an enormous range of microplate readers and microplate technologies available nowadays, so how do you know which is best for you?  In this second webinar, we will review the various microplate readers options available for fluorescence and look at the impact they may have on your data. 

We will answer questions such as:

  • Do you need a filter-based or monochromator-based system? 
  • What is spectral bandwidth?
  • What is stray light?
  • Which read type is best for your application? 
  • Why is the PMT gain important?
  • Why would you need an upgradable system?

Presenter:
Caroline Cardonnel - Senior Application Scientist, Molecular Devices

 

WEEK 3: “Optimization? But the manual says I need to be excited at 490nm!
 
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 British Summer Time | 11:00 European Summer Time
Duration: 45 minutes

Everyone wants to get the best data they can from their assay, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how to do this, especially for example when a reagent supplier provides a perfect protocol with the ‘exact’ settings you should use. In this third webinar we discuss why sometimes you should ignore this! We will also delve into some of the software settings in SoftMax® Pro Software that will enable you to (hopefully) generate textbook quality data!

Presenter:
Scott Jones - Application Scientist, Molecular Devices

 

WEEK 4: Beyond the basics - real time, resolving time and transferring energy

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 British Summer Time | 11:00 European Summer Time
Duration: 45 minutes

In this fourth webinar we move beyond absorbance, fluorescence and luminescence to look at time and energy. You will learn the basics of fluorescence polarization  (FP) and fluorescence lifetime, as well as how to interpret the acronyms TRF, FRET and TR-FRET. Led by our expert Johannes Pschorr, this promises to be an exciting webinar!

Presenter:
Johannes Pschorr - Senior Application Scientist, Molecular Devices

 

WEEK 5: Read-Copy-Paste-Analyze. Repeat... Sound familiar? 

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 GMT | 11:00 CET
Duration: 45 minutes

In the final webinar of this series we look at how you can reduce the number of manual steps needed to get to your results, and remove operator error, by letting SoftMax Pro 7 Data Acquisition and Analysis Software do the hard work for you.

Most of us have Excel on our PC and it can be a powerful analysis tool, but with SoftMax Pro Software you have the most powerful, most published and fully integrated microplate reader control and microplate data analysis software package available. Furthermore, in today’s world integrity and compliance are key, so we discuss how we can support adherence to worldwide regulatory expectations to enable full FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.

Presenter:
Mark McPate - Application Scientist, Molecular Devices

OCTOBER WEBINAR SERIES

Urban myths of microplate readers

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