I am currently working on re-establishing an Affymetrix program, and while the client has the Affymetrix system and most of the requisite equipment on hand, they do not have a thermocycler which is critical to the sample preparation side of the assays.
They understandably don't want to buy a thermocycler, new or used, to serve as essentially a programmable heating block [with a variable heated lid as well]. My problem is that I cannot find such a device; I was told by a colleague that at least one company offered such a device as late as last year, but unfortunately they couldn't recall the company's name.
So I am writing in hopes that someone on this forum might have some ideas, sources, or something that might help me fill this critical need.
So, in short here is what I'm seeking;
A heating block for 96-well plates, (.2ml) that has the following traits;
1. The block is programmable, allowing for multi-step heating schemes-not cycling, just a series of heating steps, each with a discrete time period, before the block moves to the next temperature in the scheme.
2. Needless to say, very well controlled heating across the block, and good transition between temperatures
3. A heated lid that can be set between ambient and 75 degrees minimum.
So that is the gist of the question. Any help or direction any of you could provide would be very, very much appreciated.
Thank you for your time,