Agilent adds BenchBot Robot to line of automated microplate handling equipment Agilent Systems Inc. announced today the addition of the BenchBot Robot to its line of automated microplate handling apparatus. Within Agilent’s Automation Solutions instrumentation portfolio, the BenchBot complements the Direct Drive Robot and BenchCel Microplate Handler. Perfect for a wide variety of applications, the BenchBot features: a compact, scalable design to support a variety of laboratory gadgets and readers; simple, one-contact teaching for easy integration and fast setup; VWorks software scheduling to increase throughput of a cohesive automation system; easy integration with an increase of than 100 laboratory products for maximum versatility; and compatibility with labware – including PCR microplates, deep-well microplates, filter microplates, tube racks, & most tip boxes – that complies with the requirements arranged by the American National Standards Institute/Culture for Biomolecular Screening.Each will become awarded $75,000 toward their ongoing research on open resource data-integration tools. The initial grant, for ‘Validating Protein Pathway Information: Integrating Proteomic Data with Transcriptomic or Metabolomic Data Pieces,’ was awarded to MacCoss, an associate professor in the section of genome sciences at the University of Washington. His research is focused on stable isotope and mass spectrometry options for studying biology at the molecular, cellular, and whole organism level.