Learn more about the powerful, intuitive Thermo Scientific SkanIt Software that drives Thermo Scientific microplate readers. It is a user-friendly, productivity-boosting, error-preventing platform.


SkanIt Software Research Edition, that is free with purchase of a Thermo Scientific plate reader, and the optional SkanIt Software Drug Discovery Edition that enables compliance with 21 CFR Part 11.

The all-in-one plate reader control and analysis software.

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Key benefits

Easy-to-use plate reader software

Logical software structure reduces the need for training and makes it easy to create a new protocol adapted to different experimental condition. The ability to merge data is helpful in a variety of assay types and improves data visualization on graphs. Easy file access allows users to save files anywhere- desktop, network drive, USB, cloud based storage, etc., and intuitive search from “Open” within SkanIt Software is friendly for handling files. 

Helps prevent errors

SkanIt Software helps prevent errors through the various measures. Prompts to rename experiments prevent mix-up/loss of data, and measurement data within executed session is never lost, unless the file is intentionally deleted by the user (allows you to simply try different steps and “play” within the software as you design your experiments). The Drug Discovery Edition has features for compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11, like digital signatures, user login with Windows authentication and complete audit trails.

Helps increase productivity

SkanIt Software helps increase productivity through its high processing speed and the ability to analyze your data on a different computer than the main lab computer. The software features royalty-free license software, easily accessible data, extensive analysis tools for many common workflows, and automatic data loading into custom-defined Microsoft Excel templates.


The SkanIt Software offers:

Easy file-based user experience

Simply double-click SkanIt files to open them in SkanIt software—a similar experience to opening any Microsoft Office file. SkanIt software files can be freely stored wherever one likes, local hard drives, network drives or any cloud service. SkanIt software files have as well full security/integrity control preventing all intentional/unintentional tampering of the data content.

SkanIt Cloud Library

SkanIt Cloud Library is a collection of validated sessions—protocols that have analysis steps with real data and calculations—within Thermo Scientific SkanIt Software, which controls all Thermo Scientific microplate readers.

FluoroSpot pre-screening

For the first time ever, a microplate reader is able to give you an indication of the success of your FluoroSpot assay before you spend resources imaging the plate.

Fluorescence SpectraViewer

Allows users to set up fluorescence assays quickly and easily using the Fluorescence SpectraViewer tool.


Fast data processing

Some backend software enhancements have given way to even faster performance, helping to speed your data acquisition and analysis.

Sample images

Screenshot of the Virtual Pipetting Tool of SkanIt Software that helps visually define plate layout with blanks, standards, controls and unknowns. Innovative Virtual Pipetting Tool assists in defining samples within the plate layout.
Screenshot of main interface of SkanIt Microplate Reader Software: Session tree with logical structure flowing from Notes to Plate Layout to Protocol to Results to Report. Showing the Notes section selected The logical structure of the session tree is the main interface of SkanIt Software for Thermo Scientific microplate readers.
Screenshot of SkanIt microplate reader software with the Merge Data step in the session tree highlighted, showing that two fluorescence results have been selected to merge Merge data step in session tree of SkanIt Software.
Fura2 calcium ion assay data shown in two graphs generated using SkanIt microplate reader software, one before merging baseline and signal data and one after Fura2 Ca2+ assay baseline and signal data graphed using SkanIt microplate reader software (A) without merging data and (B) with merging data.

Ordering information

Skanlt 6 Upgrade for Fluoroskan Ascent, Fluoroskan Ascent FL, and Luminoskan Ascent models

PC requirements

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.