Thermo Fisher adds nucleic acid extraction workstation to portfolio

Allows samples from virtually any source to be processed

The automated nucleic acid extraction workstation offers consistent, high speed purifications

Thermo Fisher Scientific has added an automated nucleic acid extraction workstation to its portfolio, which offers consistent, high-speed purifications by combining several Thermo Fisher tools into one turnkey solution.

Designed to provide cost- and time-effective nucleic acid extraction, users can process samples from virtually any source, while ensuring accuracy and sample integrity. The system is suitable for a variety of downstream applications including sequencing, cloning, as well as both PCR and qPCR, and allows instruments to be used in a complete workflow, alone or interchanged while the system is running.

Controlled and monitored by the Thermo Scientific Momentum scheduling software, the workstation and other networked tools can be easily programmed to ensure the simultaneous running of multiple processes. When leaving the instruments unattended, the software provides accelerated simulation to test required processes in advance, isolating problems and delivering recovery options for the workflow.

The system integrates the Thermo Scientific Kingfisher Flex purification system, Multidrop Combi reagent dispenser, Alps 3000TM microplate heat sealer and Orbitor RS or Orbitor BenchTrak, with a number of other components including instruments drivers, storage hotels and a waste station.

Key to the efficient movement of plates between the different instruments and storage hotels is the incorporation of the Orbitor RS or Orbitor BenchTrak. For smaller workflows, the Orbitor RS provides high-speed, reliable microplate movement with flexible plate handling. Enhancing the functionality and versatility to support larger workflows, the Orbitor BenchTrak includes a track for the Orbitor to move along, significantly extending the reach of the plate mover and enabling access to more instruments and storage hotels.