Re: [Histonet] immunostainers

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 We are in the process of purchasing the Biogenex i6000 immunostainer. I was not interested at first because of bad experiences in the past with Biogenex. I (personally) think Biogenex has made a complete turn around with their quality of customer service, the stainer itself and the antibodies. I have been getting great results with the stains and the Biogenex rep (Allen Younger) has been a pleasure to work with. The price of the Biogenex stainer was also more in our range compared to other stainers.
Just my personal and professional opinion. 
Ron Martin
---- CrochiereSteve@aol.com wrote: 
> 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 
> slides to more reagents. 
>             The system is open and staining protocols can be altered to meet 
> 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 
> a delayed start run so that slides can be stained overnight and be ready the 
> 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 
> instrument:
>  
> Greater slide and reagent capacity
> Less expensive to use
> Open and flexible programming
> Overnight staining
> Good experience with Biocare’s antibodies in the past
> Reliable results
>  
> I hope this will help you in considering this instrument for use in your=20
> facility. If I can be of any further assistance, feel free to call or e-mail.
>  
> 
> 
> Steven M. Crochiere, HT(ASCP)
> Histology Supervisor
> LifePath Partners @ Mercy Medical Center
> Springfield, MA 01104
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