I wholeheartedly recommend the Nemesis Immunostainer from Biocare Medical.
I have been using this instrument for almost a year and have had no technical
problems with this machine. The increased capacity compared to other
available instruments has been a great help in handling the workload in my laboratory.
The instrument can stain up to 84 slides per run and has 40 reagent
dispensers available. The slide layout can be altered to a 72 slide mode allowing for
up to 80 reagent dispensers, however I have not need to do so. I prefer more=20
slides to more reagents.
The system is open and staining protocols can be altered to meet=20
your specific needs. I have been getting acceptable results with the staining
protocols provided with the antibodies purchased from Biocare and have also
used antibodies from other companies with good results. The antibodies and
detection kits from Biocare have proven to be reliable and are less expensive
compared to other commercial vendors resulting in a savings this past year on
budgeted expenses set aside for immunohistochemistry testing.
Another nice feature of this instrument is the ability to set up=20
a delayed start run so that slides can be stained overnight and be ready the=20
next morning. Although counterstaining can be done on the Nemesis, I prefer to
do my counterstain off- line in my routine H&E stainer. This keeps the Nemesis
cleaner and allows me to use the spaces that would be taken up by the
hematoxylin and bluing reagents for antibody dispensers. I use Biocare‚=80ôs hematoxylin
and bluing for a counterstain.
Here is a short list of the reasons that I purchased the
Greater slide and reagent capacity
Less expensive to use
Open and flexible programming
Good experience with Biocare‚Äôs antibodies in the past
I hope this will help you in considering this instrument for use in your
facility. If I can be of any further assistance, feel free to call or e-mail.
Steven M. Crochiere, HT(ASCP)
LifePath Partners @ Mercy Medical Center
Springfield, MA 01104
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