MARS Data Analysis Software

Powerful and multi-user software to analyse your data

BMG LABTECH’s unique and intuitive data analysis software, MARS, is a proprietary software package and offers several calculation possibilities. This interface is included with every BMG LABTECH reader and is a multi-user software that can be installed on as many computers as the user requires without the need to purchase licenses.

Key features

  • One-click assay analysis using templates
  • Automatic DNA/RNA concentration determination
  • Excel and ASCII export
  • FDA 21 CFR part 11 compliant
  • Simple and advanced binding kinetic fit models
  • Analysis of Enzyme kinetic data using various methods including Michaelis-Menten, Lineweaver-Burk, Scatchard, etc.
  • Noise removal by signal smoothing using moving averages
  • Automatic background or baseline removal
  • Simplified data modelling / fitting using a standard curve calculation wizard
  • Design your own calculations / analyses using the user-defined formula generator
  • Evaluate assay performance using  Z', Delta F% for HTRF, Signal-to-Blank, Signal-to-Noise, CV, etc. 
  • UV/vis spectral view
  • Various standard curve fit models including linear, 4-parameter, 5-parameter, polynomial, user-defined fit models, etc.
  • Data and signal interpolation using linear or cubic spline interpolation
  • Evaluate bioassays using parallel-line analysis (PLA)
  • Display data in a bar chart


Data display

There are two ways to display data in MARS: microplate view shows all of the wells of the microplate in either the numerical form or as a graphical representation, if applicable (e.g. kinetic curves or display data in colors). Table view creates separate categories for each column and sorts the data according to a chosen column. Both options allow users to view, print and export their data according to their preferences.

3D well mapping

In cell-based assays, cells may not be distributed evenly over the entire well. A key feature on BMG LABTECH readers is well scanning, which scans the whole well creating a matrix of that well with up to 900 points/well resolution. These data can also be displayed with the 3D well mapping feature in MARS. This feature can also be used to view kinetic absorbance data three dimensionally.

Enzyme kinetics

After measuring an enzyme-catalyzed fluorescence, luminescence, or absorbance reaction, MARS can instantly analyze the data to determine enzymatic constants such as Km and Vmax. This software feature, when used in conjunction with BMG LABTECH's high speed UV/vis spectrometer, will revolutionize microplate based enzyme kinetics.

Calculation templates

To simplify data reduction after measurement, complex and assays-specific analysis and calculations can be created and saved in MARS as calculation templates. These templates can be linked to specific detection protocols, enabling measurement and data analysis of an assay with just two mouse clicks.

Minimum system requirements

  • Pentium CPU (Intel Pentium 4 or higher with at least 2 GHz clock rate recommended)
  • 1 GB or more RAM
  • 2 GB free hard disk memory for software installation
  • Microsoft Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10


Additional system requirements PHERAstar FSX, PHERAstar FS, CLARIOstar, Omega series, SPECTROstar Nano and NEPHELOstar Plus

  • One free USB port

Additional system requirements PHERAstar, PHERAstar Plus, OPTIMA series, NEPHELOstar, NOVOstar

  • One free serial communication port