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We are thrilled to announce the release of the BlotBot® 248, the next generation Freedom Rocker™ automated western blot processor. This model comes with the same reliability as our previous Freedom Rocker models. Using this latest model of BlotBot, you can now process up to 8 strips at a time and use two buffers (e.g. TBS with tween and TBS without tween). Give it a try! The Freedom Rocker BlotBot 248 comes with everything you need to get started, including containers for reagents, wash buffer and waste, with a 30-day money back guarantee.

We are excited to announce the release of our new Tube Adapters which allow you to use 1.5 mL and 2 mL tubes in our 5 mL Bullet Blender models.

These adapters give you more versatility than ever before. Our 5 mL Bullet Blenders will now be compatible with 5 mL and 1.5 mL snap-cap tubes and 2 mL and 1.5 mL screw-cap tubes.

Our instruments are used to combat COVID-19. For instance, the Bullet Blender was cited in a recent study published in Nature, February 26, 2021, that showed how a specific variant of COVID-19 can enhance binding of the virus particles to the human cell-surface receptor (ACE2) found on human epithelial cells. Results of the study provide an explanation for the global predominance of the variant that is currently circulating.

We are pleased to announce the launch of Checkit® Go, an easy-to-use, disposable cartridge that allows you to verify the accuracy of your liquid handling robot or multi-channel pipettes in just seconds. Checkit Go is a quick, simple, and cost-effective solution for routine validation, no matter what pipette brands you use. No capital equipment or special training is required. See Checkit Go in action here.

Need a homogenizer but have a limited budget? Our newest model, the Bullet Blender® Lite has most of the benefits of our other Bullet Blenders. Limitations include fewer samples and less power, which means it can homogenize most samples, but not the toughest.

Posted by in News on December 9, 2020
Continually working on improving quality, Next Advance has received recognition of its attention to details adherence to proper procedures in its manufacturing process with ISO 9001:2015 certification.
We are pleased to announce that the Bullet Blender 5E has been updated with an easy touch screen and built-in system testing.

Posted by in News on July 14, 2020
During the peak of the virus in New York, while the state was in lock down for all non-essential businesses, we shipped close to 20,000 face shields. Just doing our part to help.

Disposable Face Shields Now in Production – Helping to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19


In a matter of days, we have retrofitted our facility, added equipment and mobilized staff to help meet the unprecedented demand for Disposable Face Shields. Our team is working around the clock to ramp up production and serve the critical needs of medical professionals, first responders, and public servants at risk. We feel it is our duty to use our biotechnology expertise and resources to help meet the needs of this vital community. In addition, our laboratory instruments are being used by researchers to study COVID-19 and fight other life-threatening diseases, like Cancer and Alzheimers.

Our local news station aired a TV segment about the work we are doing to manufacture Disposable Face Shields and get them into the hands of those who serve on the front lines. View video here and read article below for the full story.

Bio-Tech Company Creates Devices To Help Workers On The Front Line

By Melissa Steininger
PUBLISHED 8:00 PM ET Mar. 30, 2020

A bio-tech company in Rensselaer County is used to making machines that help in the study of viruses and diseases. Now the company is stepping out of its comfort zone to help protect those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus.

Medical Devices are assembled by hand at Next Advance in Pittstown. The company was started by Ian Glasgow in 2003. The company designs and creates medical and laboratory devices which help scientist’s research diseases and viruses. Eric Lapier is a scientist for the company.

“I actually have the ability to help many scientists in many different fields do their research so in some ways, I feel like I have a greater effect here than I did doing the research,” says Lapier.

The equipment is used in labs around the world. It gives researchers the tools to fight diseases like Cancer and Alzheimer’s. It’s also useful to study new viruses, like the coronavirus.

“We do have customers working on COVID-19 so it feels good that we’re helping in that battle,” said Glasgow.

They say it’s important to be able to work fast to stop the spread.

“As a research company we’re able to understand more about it to help prevent future occurrences of the disease,” Lapier added.

However, the workers still felt like it could do more.

“Basically everyone who works here is already in the business and we’re proud of the fact that we’re out there helping find cures for diseases,” said the company president.

So they came up with a plan, to help those on the front lines. However, it wasn’t easy, as certain materials are hard to come by amid the pandemic.

“It was a scramble to find the materials and supplies,” said Glasgow.

“We’re able to take our strengths and retool,” added Lapier.

The company will create face shields to protect those working in hospitals as the nation faces a shortage of protective gear.

“They’re on the front lines we’re just trying to help out where we can,” said Glasgow.

The disposable shields will be medical grade and the company plans on making more than 40 thousand in a week and a half.

“We are able to create these where we can actually make sure that they are clean and safe,” said the scientist.

All of it done by hand, on an assembly line, just as their laboratory devices.

“We’re used to making hundreds in a year, not tens of thousands in a week.”

However, the company says no challenge is too big, when it comes to helping their own.

“Ultimately the reward will comes when we’re able to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Lapier.

The 40,000 shields will be sent to hospitals across the country. Next Advance hoping hospitals in the Capital Region could benefit. They say if there’s a high demand- they will continue to produce them.
Good news. We are pleased to announce that the Bullet Blender Storm has been updated with an easy touch screen and built-in system testing.

We’ve got Good News! Next Advance was selected as one of four very deserving businesses in Rensselaer County to receive the annual “Good News Award” from the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Together with Rensselaer County Executive, Steve McLaughlin, the Chamber visited our facility and presented the award to Next Advance.

According to the Chamber, Next Advance was selected for the award because we have made significant impacts on both the economic advancement of Rensselaer County, and the quality of life for its residents. We were also selected because we represent exemplary corporate citizens that focus on being community partners with a demonstrated commitment to reinvesting in our region.

“Each of this year’s Good News Award recipients offers inspiring examples of what community focused business success truly looks like,” said Kate Manley, president of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We’re incredibly honored to recognize each of these businesses and thank them for their continued commitments to the betterment of Rensselaer County.”

The Bullet Blender Gold now comes with a digital display user control screen, featuring an updatable library of protocols with color photographs and a user guide with instructions for preparing samples.
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