Microplate reader

Innovative, high-quality and reliable microplate reader for any assay need

A microplate reader for every application - life science, drug discovery and assay development

A microplate reader is a device that is used to detect chemical, biological or physical reactions by measuring emitted light. Scientists in the life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries strive to improve routine laboratory processes and efficiency by using products or instruments able to handle samples in minutes or even seconds. A microplate reader helps to minimize operational time and to save costs, allowing researchers to dedicate more time to data analysis and generation of actionable insights.


BMG LABTECH plate readers can be equipped with different detection modes and cover a multitude of applications. By focusing on the needs of the scientific community, our plate readers have earned the company the reputation of being a technology leader in the field. To see an overview of all of our products, please download our microplate reader instrumentation guide.


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Single-mode vs. multi-mode microplate reader

Our microplate readers range from single-detection mode plate readers (e. g. fluorometers or luminometers) up to multi-mode readers with up to seven detection modes. Common detection modes for microplate reader assays are absorbance, fluorescence intensity, luminescence, time-resolved fluorescence, TR-FRET, fluorescence polarization, AlphaScreen® and nephelometry. Based on the type and the number of detection modes a microplate reader is classified in different categories. Find a list of these categories, showing the compatible BMG LABTECH microplate readers here below.


Microplate reader categories


Multi mode microplate reader


Multi-mode microplate readers can be equipped with up to seven detection modes. The modular set-up of these plate readers allows you to select only the detection modes that suit your needs today - with the option to add others in the future if and when required.



Absorbance microplate reader

BMG LABTECH was the first manufacturer to equip their microplate reader with a UV/vis spectrometer for high-performance and full spectrum absorbance measurements. Our fast, powerful UV/visible spectrometer allows you to measure a full absorbance spectrum in less than 1 second per well. Two of our instruments are specifically dedicated to absorbance detection: The SPECTROstar® Nano can measure both microplates and cuvettes, whereas the SPECTROstar® Omega offers the option to upgrade to additional detection modes at any time.


Fluorescence microplate reader

Our microplate fluorometers allow for a sensitive and precise detection of any fluorescence intensity assays. The filter-based FLUOstar Omega is the ideal multi-mode microplate reader for life science applications.


Luminescence microplate reader

A dedicated microplate luminometer for highly sensitive flash and glow assay measurements. The LUMIstar Omega is DLReady-certified and can be upgraded to a multi-detection microplate reader should your needs change.


Nephelometry microplate reader

The first and only laser-based microplate nephelometer. The NEPHELOstar Plus is ideal for fast, high-throughput compound solubility screenings and a wide range of turbidity measurements, from microbial growth to petroleum process control.


Microplate reader accessories


Different microplate reader accessories help to enhance the performance of your microplate reader, from stackers to increase throughput, to atmospheric control units for live cell-based assays.


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