Should you convert your LX100/200 control software to xPONENT v3.1?

Now through the end of June 2011 you can upgrade ANY LX100/200 control software to xPONENT v3.1 for $875.00*. This includes the software, Automated Maintenance Plate (AMP), and calibration and verification beads.

Why are you telling me this?

Today Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. (HISAL) announced the discontinuation of MasterPlex CT, its control software for the LX100/200 instrument from Luminex Corp. This announcement adds to the list of discontinued control software out in the market: LDS 1.7, IS 2.x, IS 2.3 (as of June 30, 2011), MasterPlex CT, StarStation etc.

I have one of the discontinued software packages you mentioned. Should I convert to xPONENT v3.1?

Well firstly, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Luminex will continue to support IS 2.3 for 5 more years. (Please check with Luminex Corporation for support information on control software older than IS 2.3.) HISAL will support CT through the end of 2011 and all of the support resources will remain online after that point. If these software interfaces are working for you and you don’t intend to change the way you use your LX100/200 then it is probably not necessary to make any changes.

There are 2 main reasons you may want to consider converting to xPONENT v3.1:

  1. Automating the calibration, verification and maintenance of your LX100/200
  2. Adding support for magnetic microspheres

If you currently use MasterPlex CT you already have the features mentioned in 1 and 2 above. So converting may not be as compelling to you. However if you are currently using LDS 1.7, IS 2.x, IS 2.3 or StarStation you cannot run assays with magnetic microspheres and you do not have automated maintenance capabilities. If you plan to add those capabilities to your usage of your LX100/200 then now is a great time to consider converting due to the steep discount in the conversion cost through the end of June.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions info@miraibio.com.

*Please note that depending on the age of your XY Platform and computer you may need to upgrade one or both of these items in order to support xPONENT v3.1. Any costs related to upgrading your computer or XY Platform would be in addition to the $875.00. Also if you convert from any version of Bio-Plex Manager to xPONENT v3.1 an onsite service visit will be require in order to adjust the PMTs. This visit is not included in the $875.00.

xPONENT v3.1 required computer specs:

  • Windows XP Professional, SP3
  • 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 or higher
  • 2 G RAM or higher
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • DVD drive
  • 1280 x 1024, 32 bit screen

XY Platform requirements

  • Please contact us for help in determining the compatibility of your XY Platform and xPONENT v3.1 at info@miraibio.com.

-The MiraiBio Team

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Discontinuation of MasterPlex CT v1.x

Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. (HISAL) will discontinue MasterPlex CT v1.0 and v1.2, control software for the LX100/200 instrument manufactured by Luminex Corp., on July 5th, 2011.  Due to the changing market conditions, we feel this change will best serve our customers in the long run.

Please note HISAL is NOT discontinuing MasterPlex QT (v3.0 and higher), MasterPlex EX (v1.0 and higher) and MasterPlex GT v2.3. These analysis packages for the Luminex/Bio-Plex/MSD platforms will continue to be developed, supported and sold since they are independent of the platform.

Current users of the above mentioned versions of MasterPlex CT will be able to continue to use these products and receive technical support from the MiraiBio Group of HISAL until December 31st, 2011. After December 31st, 2011 HISAL will terminate public and technical support for all versions of MasterPlex CT. Users can still use MasterPlex CT after that date and existing support documents and content will continue to be available on the MiraiBio Group website.

What are my options if I want to continue to use the Luminex 100/200 platform?

1)      Continue to use MasterPlex CT – MasterPlex CT is still a viable option for Luminex 100/200 instrument control and even supports Luminex’s latest version of magnetic microspheres. HISAL will continue to support MasterPlex CT until December, 31st 2011.

2)      Convert your LX100/200 control software to xPONENT v3.1 – Luminex Corp. has its own current version of control software that includes an Automated Maintenance Plate and will be fully supported by Luminex Corp. Click here if you want to learn more about converting to xPONENT v3.1.

Please contact info@miraibio.com if you have any questions about this announcement.

-The MiraiBio Team

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Live Free Webinar – “MasterPlex: One Quantitative Analysis Software Solution for Multiple Instruments”

MasterPlex: One Quantitative Analysis Software Solution for Multiple Instruments

Join us for a Webinar on January 26
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/224345792
Join us for our next webinar, “MasterPlex: One Quantitative Analysis Software Solution for Multiple Instruments,” on Wednesday January 26th, 11AM to 12PM PST.

In this complimentary webinar hosted by Hitachi Solutions, presenter Robert Lynde will highlight the multiplatform support feature of the MasterPlex Suite.

Streamline all your quantitative analysis needs with one simple software solution.  Whether you’re running a multiplex assay (i.e. Luminex, Bio-Plex, MSD) or singleplex assay (i.e. ELISA), let MasterPlex be your one-stop-shop for powerful analysis and flexible reporting with features that allow cross-plate and even cross-platform data analyses.  

This webinar will take you through a demonstration of the power of MasterPlex.  Topics include:

• Data importing

• Setting up the plate

• Virtual plate

• Quality Control Manager

• Best Fit

• Viewing & exporting results

Instrument compatibility for MasterPlex:

• Luminex 100 (LX100)

• Luminex 200 (LX200)

• Bio-Plex 100

• Bio-Plex 200

• FlexMAP 3D

• MAGPIX

• LiquiChip 200 Workstation

• SECTOR Imager 6000 (MSD)

• SECTOR Imager 2400 (MSD)

• SECTOR PR 400 (MSD)

• SECTOR PR 100 (MSD)

• Any microplate that can export raw data to a text file such as CSV or Excel file

Title:   MasterPlex: One Quantitative Analysis Software Solution for Multiple Instruments
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


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Live Free Webinar – “From Genes to Proteins: Multiplex Assays for Studying Gene Regulation and Cell Function”

From Genes to Proteins: Multiplex Assays for Studying Gene Regulation and Cell Function

Join us for a Webinar on June 30
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
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Biomarkers for studying gene regulation and cell function can be efficiently analyzed by multiplexed methods.  Dr. Jim Lazar from OriGene Technologies will provide an overview of four different but related detection technologies that can be used to analyze genetic variants, microRNA expression, transcription factor binding, and protein expression on the Luminex xMAP platform.  OriGene’s broad panel of assays and tools for discovery, analysis and validation of multiple classes of important biomarkers will allow researcher to develop more accurate descriptions of biologically complex systems.
Title:   From Genes to Proteins: Multiplex Assays for Studying Gene Regulation and Cell Function
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


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New Best Fit options in MasterPlex QT’s latest release and more…

The Hitachi Software MiraiBio Group has just released a new build of MasterPlex QT v4.0 that boasts several new improvements:

  • Best Fit Options – The Best Fit feature now offers 3 parameters for which you can optimize for to determine the best curve fit:
    1. Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) – RMSE is a good measure of accuracy or goodness of fit which aggregates the individual differences or residuals between your expected and calculated values into a single measure of predictive power. This is the default option as it is the one that is recommended.
    2. Standard Deviation of % Recovery – This option will provide the model equation and weighting algorithm combination with the lowest standard deviation of percent recovery. The percent recovery is basically the calculated concentration – the expected concentration * 100.
    3. R-squared – This option is the only Best Fit option in previous builds of MasterPlex QT v4.0. It is not as sensitive to the goodness of fit as the RMSE option.

  • Competitive Binding and Inhibition Assays – This build provides improved support for competitive binding or inhibition assays.
  • More Intuitive Auto Fill – Auto Fill is simplified with more intuitive dilution direction buttons and being able to preview the standard values.

Try MasterPlex QT Desktop – The World’s First Multiplex Curve-Fitting Software for the Luminex 100 and Luminex 200 xMAP Platforms

Download MasterPlex QT Free Trial

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