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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Updated International Standard ISO 11816-1 IDF 155-1 for Monitoring Proper Pasteurization of Dairy Products Reconfirms Fluorimetric Method as the Official EU Reference Method Using Advanced Instruments’ Fluorophos® ALP Test System

NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA — February 4, 2014 — Joint work between the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has resulted in an important update to a key analytical standard for monitoring raw milk contamination in pasteurized dairy products, further reducing risks to public health. The International Standard for the determination of alkaline phosphatase activity in milk and milk products has been updated, reporting even greater precision in use of the fluorimetric testing method — as delivered by the Advanced Instruments’ Fluorophos® ALP Test System — and reconfirming the method as the International Pasteurization Test Standard.

“In 2006, the fluorimetric method received unanimous approval as a full International Standard method by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Dairy Federation (IDF), and CEN European Standards Organization after having been intensively studied and investigated by experts internationally, and subjected to a series of trials. Since then, additional collaborative studies were undertaken by a joint ISO-IDF project group which proved that the fluorimetric method delivered even better precision. These findings resulted in the adoption of the new standard, ISO 11816-1|IDF 155-1, in November 2013,” explained Eileen Garry, project leader of the Joint ISO-IDF Project Group.

“The new ISO/IDF standard not only reconfirms the fluorimetric method as the EU Commission’s choice as the official EU reference method against which all other methods must be validated for use, but demonstrates even greater precision of the Fluorophos fluorimetric method for assessing the proper pasteurization of milk,” Garry said.

“Once again, the collaborative studies resulting in this International Standard update have determined that the Advanced Instruments Fluorophos ALP Test System is the method of choice for confirming pasteurization, with its superior sensitivity and precision,” she stated.

The Fluorophos ALP Test System employs a fluorimetric assay for the measurement of Alkaline Phosphatase levels in milk and other dairy products. The Fluorophos ALP Test System is extremely precise and rapid, with test results available in just 3 minutes; extremely sensitive, detecting as little as 0.003% raw milk contamination; and is HACCP ready for use with a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points programs. The System is certified globally with approvals by AOAC, ISO/IDF and FDA/NCIMS for confirming proper pasteurization.

The new standard, ISO 11816-1:2013 (IDF 155-1), Milk and milk products — Determination of alkaline phosphatase activity — Part 1: Fluorimetric method for milk and milk-based drinks, was published November 1, 2013. It specifies a fluorimetric method for the determination of alkaline phosphatase (ALP, EC 3.1.3.1) activity in raw and heat-treated whole milk, semi-skimmed milk, skimmed milk and flavoured milks. This method is applicable to milk and milk-based drinks from cows, sheep and goats. It is also applicable to milk powder after reconstitution. The instrument can read activities up to 7,000 milliunits per litre (mU/l). If the activity is higher than 7,000 mU/l, it is diluted with alkaline phosphatase-free milk so as to obtain a measurement not higher than 7,000 mU/l.

For more information about the Advanced Instruments Fluorophos ALP Test System, contact Advanced Instruments at www.aicompanies.com/ai_products/alp/alp.htm, or by telephone +1-781-320-9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Advanced Instruments, Inc., is a leading supplier of instrumentation for clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microbiology and food laboratories around the world. Quality, reliability, service and support have been the company’s guiding principles since our founding in 1955. Our innovative application of technology helps healthcare organizations improve the quality of care and industrial companies enhance quality and productivity. Advanced Instruments products are available from a worldwide distributor network. For more information on products and services, or to find the nearest distributor, visit the website at http://www.aicompanies.com or e-mail info@aicompanies.com.


Monday, July 25th, 2011

Advanced Instruments Introduces A2O Advanced Automated Osmometer Featuring Breakthrough Automation and Performance Levels

a2o-150NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, July 25, 2011 - Advanced Instruments, Inc., today introduced the A2OTM Advanced Automated Osmometer, a multi-sample instrument that sets new benchmarks for analytical performance, ease of use, and true walk away operation capabilities in osmolality testing. The announcement was made at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s 2011 Clinical Lab Expo.

“The A2O represents a major step forward in osmometry technology and offers clinical laboratory customers an exceptional opportunity to enhance their productivity and workflow,” said Kelly Peterson, product manager, Advanced Instruments. “It combines a highly functional design, exceptional performance, and an intuitive software control package that is both powerful and elegantly simple to operate.”

A2O Eliminates Time-Consuming Manual Pipetting

With its intelligent liquid handling, the A2O is the first osmometer to eliminate time-consuming and labor-intensive manual pipetting – the leading cause of sampling errors and inaccurate test results. The instrument fully automates sample processing to achieve dramatic gains in laboratory productivity and efficiency.

The instrument’s flexible software brings exciting new features and benefits to clinical laboratories:

  • Intuitive touchscreen interface provides easy-to-use functionality and operation
  • Integrated quality control features include automated system calibration, statistical monitoring and reporting, method control limits for controls and patient samples, and built-in system linearity checks
  • Selectable system operation and access levels provides operator login and password protection
  • Positive sample identification eliminates transcription errors
  • Sample testing protocols can be customized specifically for each laboratory’s unique test requirements

“Advanced Instruments has leveraged its 50 years of freezing-point technology experience to revolutionize osmolality testing,” said Peterson. “The A2O’s technology will allow clinical laboratory users to achieve more results, faster – and more efficiently.”

For more information on the A2O Advanced Automated Osmometer, visit http://www.aicompanies.com/A2O or call +1 781.320.9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Advanced Instruments, Inc., and our subsidiaries, Delta Instruments and Mart® Microbiology, design and manufacture instrumentation for clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microbiology, and food laboratories. Our quality brands include Spiral Biotech, Fiske Associates, and D & F Control Systems. The products we make help healthcare providers improve their quality of care, and industrial companies enhance their quality and productivity.

Advanced Instruments products are available from a worldwide distributor network. For more information on our products and services or to find your nearest distributor, visit us at http://www.aicompanies.com or e-mail us at info@aicompanies.com.

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Advanced Instruments’ New SomaScope Smart Receives NCIMS Approval – First Somatic Cell Counter to Feature LED Light Source

Advanced Instruments’ New SomaScope™ Smart

Advanced Instruments’ New SomaScope™ Smart

NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. — May 11, 2010 — Advanced Instruments’ new Delta Instruments SomaScope™ Smart has received approval for sale in the U.S. from the Lab Committee of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) as the industry’s first somatic cell counter to feature a Light Emitting Diode (LED) as its light source.

“The SomaScope Smart delivers fast, accurate somatic cell counts and an unprecedented ease-of-use and low-cost of ownership – combined with the latest in flow cytometer and LED technology,” said Peter Costas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Advanced Instruments.

“The new SomaScope Smart uses an LED instead of an HBO lamp to illuminate the stained cells in a sample and detect them with dual photomultiplier tubes. There’s no waiting for lamps to warm up, which waste operator time, and no-light source hot spots, which can cause cell count issues,” he said.

The new SomaScope Smart delivers a host of benefits for owners and operators. Accuracy is provided at low or high somatic-cell levels utilizing proven flow-cytometry technology and results are fast with a 30-second analysis time. Operator use is considerably eased with the introduction of new, wizard-driven ”SomaSmart” software. Calibration is fast and easy, accuracy exceeding IDF/ISO/FDA/NCIMS standards, and maintenance costs are low. The new software also provides automatic operation reminders at start-up and 24/7 Hot-Line® Technical Service is available from Delta Instruments. All working solution containers are enclosed within the instrument giving it a sleek, compact design.

The SomaScope Smart somatic cell counter is ideal for use by dairy processors, payment laboratories, veterinary laboratories, and dairy herd improvement (DHI) laboratories, providing analysis for somatic cells in cow, sheep, goat, buffalo, and camel milk.

The SomaScope Smart is now available for immediate shipping. For instrument specifications and additional information, visit http://www.aicompanies.com/index.cfm/products/?productId=26 or call 800.225.1620 or +1 781.320.9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.
Advanced Instruments, Inc., and our subsidiaries, Delta Instruments and Mart Microbiology, design and manufacture instrumentation for the clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microbiology, and food laboratories. Our quality brands include Spiral Biotech, Fiske Associates, and D & F Control Systems. The products we make help healthcare providers improve the quality of care and industrial companies enhance quality and productivity.

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Advanced Instruments Introduces New Levels of Osmometer Standard Solutions Supporting Changes to USP <785> Osmolality Test Requirements

NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. — March 30, 2010Advanced Instruments is pleased to introduce three new levels of Osmometer Standard Solutions to its product offering. The 200, 400 and 1000 mOsm/kg H20 level standards are NIST- traceable salt solutions that are packaged in 2mL ampules, 10 ampules per box. The kits are available for immediate release.

Products and AI Part Numbers

  • 200 mOsm/kg H20 Calibration Standard  – 3MA020
  • 400 mOsm/kg H20 Calibration Standard – 3MA040
  • 1000 mOsm/kg H20 Calibration Standard – 3MA100

The new levels were created in response to recent changes in the USP Chapter <785> Osmolality and Osmolarity. The new requirement specifies that instrument calibration must be confirmed with at least one solution that lies within 50 mOsm/kg H20 of the value of the test solution or the center of the expected range of osmolality of the test solution.

In the past, researchers were required to verify calibration with 2 solutions which spanned the expected range of the test solution, and there was no requirement for how close these levels needed to be to the test solution.

“The tighter new USP requirement created the need for a broader offering of osmolality standard solutions, particularly in the 200 to 1000 mOsm/kg range where many of the pharmaceutical, parenteral and IV drug products are formulated,” says Kelly Peterson, Product Manager.

“Pharmaceutical customers were coming to us and asking if we could provide these solutions. With our position as the industry leader in osmometry, we felt an obligation to deliver these products to our customers,” Peterson said. “These new levels complement the current AI offering of osmolality standards. Customers now have standard solutions that are commercially available in order to be fully compliant with USP General Chapter <785>.”

To learn more about these products, visit the Advanced Instruments Web site at www.aicompanies.com or call 800.225.1620 or +1 781.320.9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.
Advanced Instruments, Inc., (www.aicompanies.com) and our subsidiaries: Delta Instruments and Mart Microbiology, design and manufacture instrumentation for the clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microbiology, and food laboratories. Our quality brands include Spiral Biotech, Fiske, and D & F Control Systems. The products we make help healthcare providers improve the quality of care, and industrial companies enhance quality and productivity A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations

Advanced Instruments Introduces New Levels of Osmometer Standard Solutions Supporting Changes to USP <785> Osmolality Test Requirements

Advanced Instruments Introduces New Levels of Osmometer Standard Solutions Supporting Changes to USP <785> Osmolality Test Requirements


Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Anoxomat Anaerobic System Offers Clinical Laboratories “Green” Advantages Over Gas-Bag Methods That Generate Hazardous Waste

Advanced Instruments announced that its AnoxomatTM Anaerobic System for the laboratory cultivation of bacteria provides important “green” advantages over gas-bag methods that generate large quantities of hazardous waste.

“The Anoxomat system is an ideal solution for clinical laboratories desiring ‘green’ alternatives that eliminate hazardous waste generation, handling, and cost,” said Anthony Pappas, North American Sales Manager, Advanced Instruments.

In less than 3 minutes, the Anoxomat creates anaerobic and microaerophilic environments in reusable jars with no hazardous gases or materials. By contrast, gas bags require that each consumable plastic bag be disposed of after a single use, and then processed as hazardous waste at considerable trouble and expense.

“We estimate that a lab employing gas bags can generate up to several hundred pounds of hazardous waste per year as it grows bacterial cultures,” said Pappas. “With the Anoxomat, there is no hazardous material produced and the jars can be reused for years and then recycled.”

In addition, there are significant savings in reduced gas costs. “The Anoxomat was an easier operation … on gases alone. In the first year of operation, it probably saved us around $8,000 over gas bags,” said Frank Hollis of Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.

The Anoxomat system is highly efficient and cost-effective at cultivating pathogens and attaining growth performance that equals or exceeds that of gas bags. In addition, a built-in quality assurance system tests for leaks before incubation. The system checks whether the catalyst is capable of achieving the desired conditions and warns if there is a threat of failure.

To learn more about Anoxomat’s green advantages, visit the Advanced Instruments Web site at www.aicompanies.com or call +1 800.225.1620 or +1 781.320.9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. (www.aicompanies.com) is the world’s largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, and pharmaceutical laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., D & F Control Systems, Inc., Mart® Microbiology, and Delta Instruments as wholly owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380, for Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Monday, August 24th, 2009

Advanced Instruments Introduces Next-Generation Web Site

NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. — August 24, 2009 — Advanced Instruments has introduced a next-generation Web site that dramatically enhances the customer’s online business experience when purchasing osmometers, cryoscopes, and microbiological laboratory instruments. The site, www.aicompanies.com, was developed from the perspective of the Web visitor, making it easy to retrieve product and application information, scientific materials, and technical support.

“We designed the site from the outside-in—providing a simple and more intuitive way for Web visitors to find information about the company and our products,” said Peter Costas, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Advanced Instruments. “For example, visitors now can identify our solutions based on industry application. By selecting the clinical, dairy/food, microbiology, or pharmaceutical/biotech tabs on the home page, customers can view suites of products grouped specifically around their market requirements,” he said.

The site also enables visitors to navigate by product line or search by industry, activity, or model. Quick product links on the product search pages permit the rapid identification of specific instruments. And the Find a Distributor application in each product section allows visitors to locate their country’s distributor for that specific product.

AI University Offers Osmolality Knowledge Base

A unique section, AI University, informs visitors about the theory and benefits of freezing point depression (FPD) osmometry in clinical, dairy, and pharmaceutical laboratories. This educational resource for laboratory professionals and students hosts a deep knowledge base of scientific materials that explains FPD principles and applications.

“We created AI University as an online scientific resource to broaden the understanding of FPD technology and its role in improving the human condition,” said Costas. “It contains a wealth of information that includes explanations of basic principles and applications of osmolality and microbiology, milk-processing safety, neonatal bilirubin principles, and dry eye disease.”

Other site features include an enhanced database that allows visitors to view or print a Certificate of Analysis for Advanced Instruments standards, controls, or reagents; andan easy-to-use, up-to-date interface to all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). An expanded technical support section covers instrument calibration, acceptable range of results, safety tips, and the use of specifications to verify CLIA compliance.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. (www.aicompanies.com) is the world’s largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, and pharmaceutical laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., D & F Control Systems, Inc., Mart® Microbiology, and Delta Instruments as wholly owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products.<–>


Monday, May 18th, 2009

Spiral Biotech Introduces New Autoplate Spiral Plating System to Boost Processing Speed, Efficiency in Microbiology Labs

NORWOOD, MASS. – May 18, 2009 – Spiral Biotech, an Advanced Instruments company, introduced its new Autoplate® Spiral Plating System – which delivers faster cycle times, a touch screen display, and self-cleaning features that boost processing speed and efficiency in microbiology laboratories – at The American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) 2009 General Meeting.

“The introduction of the new Autoplate represents a major advancement in spiral plating technology,” said Anthony Pappas, National Sales Manager, Advanced Instruments (www.aicompanies.com).

“The new Autoplate features 50 percent faster cycle times – 30 seconds as opposed to one minute – a new Windows® CE-based touch screen display, and an expanded range of analysis that includes two new spiral plating modes. The new system also introduces a revolutionary self-cleaning feature that is very fast, very thorough, and ensures no sample-to-sample contamination,” he said.

“Altogether, the new Autoplate drives spiral plating technology a generational leap forward,” Pappas said.

The new Autoplate deposits microbial suspensions without the need for most serial dilutions, thus increasing efficiency in the microbiology laboratory. Labor and material costs associated with sample preparation and manual dilution are reduced by 75 percent. Moreover, by eliminating the variability inherent in manual procedures, Autoplate delivers both a higher degree of accuracy and repeatability.

Spiral Biotech’s Autoplate technology is ideal for any laboratory that uses microbial concentration samples greater than 1,000 cfu/g or cfu/ml, or any application where counts are high and standardization and reproducibility are key.

Spiral Biotech unveiled the new Autoplate at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 2009 General Meeting. For more information, visit Spiral Biotech at the 2009 ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, May 17-21, in exhibit number 133.

Or, visit the Spiral Biotech website at www.spiralbiotech.com, or call 1-800-554-1620 or 1-781-320-9000.

About Spiral Biotech, Inc.
For more than 30 years Spiral Biotech, Inc., a subsidiary of Advanced Instruments, has produced a line of automated microbiology systems for hospital laboratory and clinical laboratory applications. The company focuses on automating the pre-analytical and analytical steps involved with traditional microbial enumeration with a product line that includes colony counters, plating systems, anaerobic workstations, susceptibility test software, air samplers and sample prep tools. For more information, contact Spiral Biotech on the web at www.spiralbiotech.com or toll free at 1-800-554-1620.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. (www.aicompanies.com) is the world’s largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the privately held company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., D&F Control Systems, Inc., Mart Microbiology, and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc. , www.tizinc.com


Monday, April 20th, 2009

Advanced Instruments Introduces 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer as First True Automation-Friendly Osmometer for the Biopharmaceutical Industry

NORWOOD, MASS. – April 20, 2009 – Advanced Instruments, Inc. today introduced the Advanced® 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer as the first true automation- friendly osmometer for the biopharmaceutical industry.

“The Advanced® 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer is specifically designed for – and completely redefines – automation capabilities for osmolality testing in the biopharmaceutical laboratory,” said Kelly Peterson, Product Manager, Advanced Instruments (http://www.aicompanies.com/). “The 2020-BIO system development is in response to emerging demand in the pharmaceutical industry to integrate osmolality testing within an automated platform environment.”

“Based on an extension of the industry-proven Advanced 2020 Osmometer, the 2020-BIO includes a host of features which enable fast and simple integration of the system with liquid handling robotics and laboratory automation platforms.” Peterson said.

The 2020-BIO has been successfully applied to automate osmolality testing in applications ranging from cell culture process development and optimization to biopharmaceutical manufacturing and process control. It can also be extended to pharmaceutical research and drug development applications including formulation development, product stability testing, and drug safety and metabolism testing.

Major features of the new 2020-BIO include:

  • Freezing point technology – The industry-preferred method for determining sample concentration
  • Automation friendly system design allows easy access for liquid handling robotics
  • Interoperability with a broad range of robotics and liquid handling equipment
  • Flexible system configuration options provide continuous sampling capabilities for enhanced throughput
  • Bidirectional data transfer utilizing the preferred OPC open connectivity protocol
  • Remote system control via an industry-standard RS-232 interface for secure connectivity to a PC.
  • Fast and simple integration – the developer’s kit includes a .DLL for osmometer controls, making automation development easy to achieve.
  • Small 20 µL sample sizes – ideal for sample-limited applications or for sharing sample volume with other integrated systems.

The bottom line is that the 2020-BIO is the only commercially available system that provides fast, accurate osmolality testing in an automation friendly package,” Peterson said.

The Advanced® 2020-BIO Multi-Sample Osmometer from Advanced Instruments is available immediately for shipment in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the Advanced Instruments website at www.aicompanies.com/2020-BIO, or call 1-800-225-4034 or 1-781-320-9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. (http://www.aicompanies.com/) is the world’s largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the privately held company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., D&F Control Systems, Inc., Mart Microbiology, and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc. , http://www.tizinc.com/


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Spiral Biotech to Introduce New Autoplate Spiral Plating System

NORWOOD, MASS. – March 17, 2009 - Spiral Biotech, an Advanced Instruments company, will introduce its new Autoplate® Spiral Plating System – which delivers faster cycle times, a touch screen display, and self-cleaning features that boost processing speed and efficiency in microbiology laboratories – at The American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) General Meeting in May, 2009.

“The introduction of the new Autoplate represents a major advancement in spiral plating technology,” said Anthony Pappas, National Sales Manager, Advanced Instruments (http://www.aicompanies.com/).

“The new Autoplate features 50 percent faster cycle times – 30 seconds as opposed to one minute – a new Windows® CE-based touch screen display, and an expanded range of analysis that includes two new spiral plating modes. The new system also introduces a revolutionary self-cleaning feature that is very fast, very thorough, and ensures no sample-to-sample contamination.

“Altogether, the new Autoplate drives spiral plating technology a generational leap forward,” Pappas said.

The new Autoplate deposits microbial suspensions without the need for most serial dilutions, thus increasing efficiency in the microbiology laboratory. Labor and material costs associated with sample preparation and manual dilution are reduced by 75%. Moreover, by eliminating the variability inherent in manual procedures, Autoplate delivers both a higher degree of accuracy, and repeatability.

Spiral Biotech’s Autoplate technology is ideal for any laboratory that uses microbial concentration samples greater than 1,000 cfu/g or cfu/ml, or any application where counts are high and standardization and reproducibility are key.

Spiral Biotech will unveil the new Autoplate at the ASM General Meeting, May 18-20, 2009, in Philadelphia. For more information, visit the Spiral Biotech exhibit, number 133, at ASM General Meeting. Or, visit the website at www.aicompanies.com/autoplate, or call 1-800-554-1620 or 1-781-320-9000.

About Spiral Biotech, Inc.
For more than 30 years Spiral Biotech, Inc., a subsidiary of Advanced Instruments, has produced a line of automated microbiology systems for hospital laboratory and clinical laboratory applications. The company focuses on automating the pre-analytical and analytical steps involved with traditional microbial enumeration with a product line that includes colony counters, plating systems, anaerobic workstations, susceptibility test software, air samplers and sample prep tools. For more information, contact Spiral Biotech on the web at http://www.spiralbiotech.com/ or toll free at 1-800-554-1620.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. (http://www.aicompanies.com/) is the world’s largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the privately held company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., D&F Control Systems, Inc., Mart Microbiology, and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc. , http://www.tizinc.com/


Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Advanced Instruments Acquires D & F Control Systems Inc.

NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, October 2, 2008 — Advanced Instruments, Inc., of Norwood, Massachusetts, announced today that it has acquired 100% of the shares of D & F Control Systems, Inc., of Dublin, CA. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

D & F Control Systems manufactures and markets milk preservative products and somatic cell dyes for laboratories around the world. Their patented preservatives ensure component analysis accuracy through a neutralized absorbency formula, purity of ingredients and long-term stability. The tablet dye product provides laboratory technicians with a safer, economical and easier method for making stock dye solutions.

Advanced Instruments is a major supplier to the dairy industry, providing instrumentation for cryoscopy, pasteurization confirmation, component analysis and somatic cell counting. The company provides products that are internationally recognized as benchmarks for performance.

“D & F Control is an ideal addition to our family of companies,” said John Coughlin, President and CEO, Advanced Instruments. “It is the world leader in supporting the accurate analysis of fluid milk. This acquisition expands our product range and demonstrates our commitment to the growing worldwide dairy market,” he said.

D & F Control Systems strives to provide safe, effective, convenient products that are easily handled by dairy laboratory technicians. Their products have also found uses in other applications including medical, on-farm, food industry, water, and test kit reagents.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. is the world’s largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the privately held company also produces Fiske® Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments’ products. Reach Advanced Instruments online at http://www.aicompanies.com/ or contact us at 800-225-4034 or +1-781-320-9000.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., www.tizinc.com/pr-boston-public-relations/


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