Coating coverslips yourself in lab does not save you money

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 Compare: Coating coverslips in lab vs. pre-coated 

 

If you are concerning money-saving and coat coverslips yourself in lab, think again!

Below is detailed comparison between coating in lab and professional pre-coated.

 Detailed cost comparison: Coating of 25 mm round German coverslips

Compare Examples Coating in lab yourself neuVitro professional coated
Poly-L-lysine coating of 25 mm round German coverslips, 90 pieces

Total costs = $140.63

 

$36.00

90pcs coverslips (Electron Microscopy Sciences) 

$11.95

200ml 100% ethanol (Sigma-Aldrich)

$12.94 100ml Nitric Acid (Sigma-Aldrich)
$9.74 6.6mg Poly-L-lysine
$70 4 hour hands-on labor cost (lab technician or graduate student). Actual required time = 3 days
$99.50
Poly-D-lysine coating of 25 mm round German coverslips, 90 pieces

Total costs = $162.57

 

$36.00

90pcs coverslips (Electron Microscopy Sciences) 

$11.95

200ml 100% ethanol (Sigma-Aldrich)

$12.94 100ml Nitric Acid (Sigma-Aldrich)
$31.68 6.6mg Poly-D-lysine (BD Bioscience)
$70 4 hour hands-on labor cost (lab technician or graduate student). Actual required time = 3 days
$105.50

 

If the coating work is done by a post-doctor, the labor cost will be much higher. 

The biggest disadvantage of coating coverslips yourself: Project slow-down while costing more.

The consequence: You could be delayed in graduation, publication, or catch a deadline.

 

 

Cell Culture Coverslips

 

 

Select your favorite coating substrates in one package to optimize cell culture

 

German Coverslips 

Cell culture tested

CE certified, tested for primary cell and primary neuron cultures, starting $12/box

 

Poly-D-lysine coating

Pre-coated coverslips

Ready to use German coverslip with poly-D-lysine (PDL) coating on both sides for cell culture, starting $55/box

 

Rat tail Collagen

Pre-coated coverslips

Ready to use German coverslip with Millipore rat tail type I Collagen coating on both sides for cell culture, starting $65/box

 

Fibronectin coating

Pre-coated coverslips

Ready to use German coverslip with fibronectin coating on both sides for cell culture, starting $89/box

 

Laminin coating

Pre-coated coverslips

Ready to use German coverslip with human Laminin coating on both sides for cell culture and neuron culture, starting $94/box

 

Gelatin coating

Pre-coated coverslips

Ready to use German coverslip with porcine gelatin coating on both sides for cell culture, starting $89/box

 

Liberty 120

High-speed gel system

See you PCR and genotyping results in 6 min with straight banding technology...