Labcon Begins Production of Bluechiip-Enabled Consumables

Highlights:

  • Labcon North America has commenced manufacturing Bluechiip-enabled consumables
  • Labcon’s ColdPoint® Bluechiip-enabled vials were displayed at a major trade show in California
  • Bluechiip has scaled up production to meet Labcon’s demand. Three shipments completed
  • Orders in hand for a dramatic increase in Bluechiip tag volumes each month over the coming year
  • The consumables range addresses the $200+ million per annum biological sample storage market
  • Labcon is the first of Bluechiip’s OEM partners to enter production of Bluechiip-enabled products

Bluechiip Limited [ASX:BCT], a leader in the development of sample tracking technology for harsh environments, is pleased to announce that its OEM partner, Labcon North America is now manufacturing a range of cryogenic vials, incorporating Bluechiip’s tracking technology.
Labcon’s ColdPoint® Bluechiip Enabled cryogenic vial range was displayed at the Society of Laboratory Automation Systems (SLAS) show in San Diego earlier this month. Also on display were Cryogenic boxes, which can store 100 vials, a Bluechiip Multivial Reader, Cold Top, Matchbox reader and Bluechiip’s stream software.

This is the first time an OEM partner has had Bluechiip Enabled products in production and on display.

Bluechiip Limited Managing Director Andrew McLellan said: “We are successfully scaling production to meet demand and have already supplied Labcon with tens of thousands of Bluechiip tags following their purchase order in December last year. Three batches have been delivered to date for manufacture into Labcon’s ColdPoint® Bluechiip-enabled cryovials, with orders in hand to dramatically increase volumes delivered each month over the coming year.”

“Labcon’s products give us direct, high quality exposure to the $200+ million per annum biological sample storage market. Labcon is a world leader in the manufacturing of laboratory consumables and the Society of Laboratory Automation Systems show in San Diego is a major venue for organisations in the laboratory market to demonstrate their products, and attracted more than 6,000 attendees.”

Jim Happ, President of Labcon said, “Our partnership with Bluechiip continues to progress as we bring to the market our range of products incorporating Bluechiip’s technology. The Bluechiip-enabled ColdPoint® cryogenic vial range is a significant pillar in our product line and one which overcomes the issues currently experienced by the biological storage market. Having a product which can identify samples in the coldest conditions, with details able to be read through frost, dramatically improves productivity and quality for our customers.”

The progress comes after Labcon placed its initial $1m order for Bluechiip products and services in December 2017 and began manufacturing vials incorporating Bluechiip’s tracking technology. This follows the signing of an OEM agreement between Bluechiip and Labcon in April 2017.