TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) from Polyplastics USA has been used for AlphaGem Bio Inc.'s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) plate for genomic testing. The material provides greater rigidity and heat stability compared with plastics such as polypropylene (PP) and polycarbonate (PC), Polyplastics reported in a news release.
The new injection molded PCR plates are particularly suited for larger laboratories which use robotic handling for high-volume applications, according to Dale Taunk, president of AlphaGem Bio. “The use of cyclic olefin copolymer enables us to expand our product offering with a higher performing option that meets automation needs,” stated Taunk in the release.
Added Trey Shoop, strategic account manager – TOPAS COC for Polyplastics USA: “TOPAS COC’s superior attributes are clearly demonstrated in PCR microplates and other labware, reaffirming COC’s standing as the leading performance material in laboratory and diagnostic testing."
TOPAS COC’s heat stability meets the requirements of the new 96-well SBS standard microplate for thermal cycling up to 100°C. In addition, COC is more rigid than PP, which allows for use in robotic handling applications. The material’s high optical properties (92% clarity) facilitate reliable laser testing and real-time visual observation.