Review of GE Healthcare's Äkta Avant 25

Äkta Avant 25

About one year ago, we secured funding in an internal faculty call to replace the old Pharmacia Äkta Explorer 100 FPLC machine of the Protein Production and Purification core facility. The Äkta Explorer had been purchased in 1996(?) when the Swedish brand Pharmacia still existed. In 2014, the worse case scenerio happened and both monochromator and Xenon flash lamp broke almost simultaneously, which left us with a bill of almost 10000€. Hence we wanted to replace the machine with a contemporary model.


How to convert EMF files into SVG format

The need for this appeared because the Unicorn software that controls our Äkta Explorer can only export the raw chromatographic curves in EMF format. Pathetic. After trying out various things, I went with OpenOffice. OpenOffice Draw can import EMF files and save as SVG. Other applications capable of opening EMF are FreeHand and CorelDraw (tested on Macintosh). However, FreeHand cannot export as SVG.