Microplate Instrumentation & Software

Detection • Liquid Handling • Robotics • Software

At BioTek, we strive to be the leader in each of our product segments, and constantly perfect our technologies to reflect this position. Today's new product innovations are a result of listening and reacting to the needs of our customers and paying careful attention to trends in evolving technologies and applications. By designing new products and enhancements with this fresh perspective, we consistently deliver more performance, flexibility and value to our customers.

BioTek offers a complete microplate automation platform covering the following:

  • Imaging
  • Detection
  • Liquid Handling
  • Robotics
  • Software

NEW to the BioTek automation range is the BioSpa 8 Automated Incubator.
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NEW to BioTek Imaging is the:

Lionheart™ FX Automated Live Cell ImagerAugmented Microscopy™

capture > analyze > annotate > video

lh_non_ad-200px_72dpi.pngLionheart™ FX Automated Live Cell Imager with Augmented Microscopy™ is an all inclusive microscopy system, optimized for live cell imaging with up to 100x air and oil immersion magnification. Brightfield, color brightfield, phase contrast and fluorescence channels offer maximum support for a wide range of imaging applications. A unique environmental control cover provides incubation to 40 °C and effective containment for CO2/O2 control. The available humidity chamber and reagent injector add a greater level of environment optimization for live cell imaging workflows. Gen5™ 3.0 software provides automated image capture and analysis, plus annotation and movie maker functions. Gen5 3.0 offers ease and simplicity across a broad range of live and fixed cell applications. Augmented Microscopy is the combination of all of these features in one compact system. With Lionheart FX, you can capture, analyze, annotate and produce videos with ease.


Compact design for quick installation and setup

  • Thoughtful design offers quick installation and setup
  • Tool-free connections for gas controller, injectors and environmental control cover
  • Filter cubes and objectives easily accessible from the front panel

Brightfield, colour brightfield, phase contrast and fluorescence imaging

  • Brightfield, color brightfield, phase contrast and fluorescence
  • Z-stacking and z-projection, montage and stitching
  • Digital phase contrast

Live cell assay support with environmental controls.

  • Environmental control cover contains temperature and gas
  • Humidity chamber supports long term live cell kinetics
  • Dual reagent injectors provide quick inject/image to observe fast reactions

Automated digital microscopy up to 100x

  • Automated image capture, automated image analysis, automate movie making
  • Image-based and laser autofocus, auto LED intensity, auto exposure
  • Image whole organisms to subcellular details

Gen5 3.0 Software tools

  • Integrated image capture, analysis, annotation and movie making on a single platform
  • Quick implementation, no extensive training required
  • Gen5 Image+ and Gen5 Image Prime for expanded image analysis

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cytation-5-image-right-facing-open150px.png Cytation 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader

Cytation™ 5 is a configurable system that combines automated digital widefield microscopy with conventional multi-mode microplate reading to provide phenotypic cellular information and well-based quantitative data.

This single instrument platform can process workflows that would traditionally require multiple instruments and software interfaces, and is simple to setup and operate. With up to 60x magnification, the microscopy module provides high-quality cellular and sub-cellular imaging in fluorescence, brightfield, color brightfield and phase contrast. Available laser autofocus and image-based autofocus ensures fast and accurate image acquisition with minimized phototoxicity across a broad application range.

The multi-mode microplate reader features BioTek's patented hybrid technology , which incorporates variable bandwidth monochromator optics and high sensitivity filter-based detection optics for unmatched versatility and performance. Live cell imaging and multi-mode assays are optimized with incubation to 65 °C and shaking, plus available CO2 /O2 control and dual reagent injectors. Image capture, data collection and powerful image and data analysis are managed with Gen5™ software, specifically designed for uncomplicated processing of even the most complex assays.

Whether you're looking to streamline your workflow and get the complete picture of your cells with one cost effective instrument…. or you simply want to automate your traditional digital microscopy…. Cytation5 is your answer!


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BioTek offers a comprehensive portfolio of innovative microplate detection instruments that lead the market in versatility, performance and value. These first-in-class products complement a broad portfolio of applications in Drug Discovery, Life Science Research and Clinical Diagnostics. Used stand-alone or seamlessly integrated into automated systems, BioTek's detection technologies ensure you will "Get a Better Reaction."

BioTek offers the following detection product lines:

Synergy NEOHybrid Readers

BioTek's new class of Hybrid multi-mode microplate readers combines both a quadruple monochromator fluorescence detection system and a high efficiency filter/dichroic detection system in one instrument. This new technology provides an extraordinary degree of flexibility and sensitivity for your assays.


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Multi-Mode Readers

BioTek's full line of Synergy Multi-Mode Microplate Readers covers all the bases in life science and drug discovery applications. Each incorporates cutting-edge technology developed to produce precise results from the latest assay technologies.

  • Synergy 2 Multi-Mode Reader
  • Synergy HTX Multi-Mode Reader

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Fluorescence Readers

BioTek offers a wide choice when it comes to fluorescence detection. From the low-cost, highly sensitive FLx800™ to the modular Synergy™ 2 and Synergy 4, BioTek has the fluorescence reader you need. Cost effective filter-based systems and advanced monochromator-based designs are available. And with BioTek's unique Hybrid Technology™ available on the Synergy 4, you will be able to run more assays than on any other reader.

  • FLx800 Fluorescence Reader

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Alpha Readers

Alpha-based assays (AlphaLISA®, AlphaScreen®, SureFire®) are growing in popularity. Alpha detection is available on BioTek's Synergy 2 and Synergy H4, as well as on the new dedicated Synergy 2 Alpha.

Luminescence Readers

BioTek offers a selection of sensitive luminescence detection systems. Luminescence mode is available on all of our fluorescence and multi-mode detection systems. Additionally, the Synergy™ 2 and Synergy Mx are available in a luminescence-only configuration.

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EpochAbsorbance Microplate Readers

BioTek's absorbance readers provide total flexibility for many absorbance applications. In addition to a wide range of wavelengths in the monochromator-based instruments, specialized functions such as incubation and shaking expand their usage. For higher throughput applications, many of our absorbance readers can be easily integrated into robotic systems.

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BioTek's accurate, precise and flexible suite of advanced liquid handling technologies include the market leading EL406 Microplate Washer Dispenser, reagent dispensers and automated pipetting systems. These automation friendly, multi-functional instruments increase efficiency and productivity for a wide range of applications in Drug Discovery, Life Science Research and Clinical Diagnostics.

BioTek offers the following liquid handling product lines:

EL406Combination Washer Dispenser

Combining washing and dispensing technologies in one compact unit saves valuable bench space and reduces the expense and maintenance of multiple dedicated instruments.

  • EL406 Washer Dispenser

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Microplate Washers

BioTek is world renowned for manufacturing the most reliable microplate washers on the market today. From basic ELISA to sensitive cell washing to bead washing, the ELx405™ and ELx50™ are configured with many options to meet a myriad of assay requirements. Each is equipped with comprehensive and easy-to-use onboard software for the utmost flexibility in operation. BioTek's Liquid Handling Control™ PC software adds the convenience of assay-specific protocol requirement definition in a familiar Microsoft® Windows® environment. The ELx405 is compatible with BioTek's BioStack™ automation products for increased throughput and unattended operation.

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Microplate Dispensers MultiFlo microplate dispenser

BioTek offers three different microplate reagent dispensers, each with a specific fluid delivery technology, to encompass the vast spectrum of liquid handling requirements. From milliliters down to nanoliters, our reagent dispensers offer simple, repeatable and precise liquid delivery throughout their defined volume range.

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Pipetting Systems

BioTek offers a range of compact and affordable solutions for your laboratory's specific liquid handling needs. Single, 8- and 12- channel transfer tools are available, along with bulk reagent dispensers, to meet varied liquid handling requirements.

  • Precision Pipetting System

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Many life science workflows benefit from expanded automation, for increased throughput or process efficiency. BioTek offers unique automation solutions that integrate with our microplate washers, dispensers, readers and imagers. BioStack is a compact stacker that offers fast plate exchange options for plate de-lidding and re-lidding for 50 plates or more.


BioSpa 8 Automated Incubator links BioTek readers or imagers together with washers and dispensers for full workflow automation of up to 8 microplates. Temperature, CO2/O2 and humidity levels are controlled and monitored through the BioSpa software to maintain an ideal environment for cell cultures during all experimental stages.

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BioTek's software solutions are designed to maximize efficiency and increase the functionality of our detection and liquid handling instruments. These intuitive products are developed by programmers experienced in microplate applications.

Gen5 Data Analysis Software

BioTek's new Gen5™ software offers a logical interface designed to easily flow from reading parameters, to plate layout, to powerful data reduction, and finally to flexible data output options. The results of this intuitive design, including the exclusive StepWise™ protocol and data reduction tools and the power of Gen5's data reduction, will be evident in increased laboratory efficiency.

Liquid Handling Control Software

Liquid Handling Control™ (LHC™) Software is a powerful yet flexible interface for use with BioTek's liquid handlers including the market-leading ELx405™ Microplate Washer, the MicroFlo™ Select Dispenser, and the new EL406™ Combination Washer Dispenser.

Precision Power Software

BioTek's Windows software for complete Precision™ control. The graphical user interface offers users powerful and flexible program creation.


About BioTek

BioTek Instruments, Inc. is a global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. The company's origins date back to 1968, when Dr. Norman Alpert, a physiologist at the University of Vermont Medical College, founded BioTek. Dedicated to providing test equipment solutions for the hospital safety and quality assurance markets, BioTek's Biomedical Division grew to become one of the largest and most successful companies in the field.

Looking to expand into a growing Life Science market and capitalize on the increasing popularity of non-isotopic immunoassays, BioTek entered the microplate instrument arena, and in 1981 introduced its first microplate reader. Since then, BioTek has emerged as a global leader in microplate-based solutions that increase the productivity for customers engaged in healthcare, pharmaceutical, agricultural and research applications.

With the sale of the Biomedical Division in 2002, BioTek today is completely focused on microplate instrumentation, automation and software and continues to be a privately held, family-run organization. Briar Alpert, President & CEO, and Adam Alpert, VP of Business Development, take pride in maintaining the corporate culture their father inspired and providing world-class instruments and solutions that help accelerate life science research

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