SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 — Molecular Devices LLC has launched the QPix 420 microbial colony picker. It offers specifications to fit all levels of microbial picking and library management needs. Designed for smaller research facilities and academic labs, it maintains a small laboratory footprint while featuring an option to simultaneously detect colonies and quantify fluorescent markers. The prescreening step enables objective identification and selection of colonies of interest and, combined with the system’s accurate robotics and organism-specific colony picking pins, ensures that the right colony is picked every time, eliminating unnecessary work and expense. Application-driven software includes tools to track sample histories throughout a work flow, and an agar height sensor autocalibrates picking height, increasing accuracy at the picking stage. Applications include protein expression, synthetic biology research, enzyme evolution, phage display, DNA sequencing, and library generation and management.