Fast and Reliable Tracking of Coronavirus Patient Samples
27 Mar 2020
The DataPaq Mirage Rack Scanner from Ziath Ltd. is being ordered by a growing number of laboratories that specialise in testing patient samples for Coronavirus Covid-19 infection.
As a camera-based instrument, the scanner combines high image quality and fast scanning to provide users with reliable results in seconds. It accepts all SBS-format tube racks, making it easy for users to present coded sample tubes, even when wearing cryoprotective or anti-contamination clothing. DataPaq Mirage is designed to be easy to set-up straight out of the box, with only a few minutes needed to install the application software.
Stephen Knight, Director of Sales & Marketing at Ziath Ltd said: "The Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic has sadly already claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people worldwide. The World Health Organisation has stated that widespread testing of people for Coronavirus Covid-19 will help health services identify infected patients and more effectively focus resource to first curb, and then defeat this virulent pathogen. With test samples in many countries now numbering tens of thousands per week, there is a critical need to quickly and reliably test and keep track of patient samples."
Dr Haim M Barr, Head of HTS & Medicinal Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) said: "Faced with an explosion in sample test numbers we wanted to reliably track suspected Coronavirus Covid-19 patient swabs to tubes and then to racks of 96. For this task, we needed a high-quality fast camera-based scanner that would allow us to establish a traceable workflow of scanned patient swab tubes. With the Ziath Mirage, we can track the swab tube, the receiving tube (2D barcode on bottom) and then scan for all the locations in the rack as then it goes onto the liquid handling robot. With labs like ours working against the clock, delivery in just three days of a Ziath DataPaq Mirage Rack Scanner, together with their Single Tube reader for random-access scanning, has helped us considerably."
Find further information on the DataPaq Mirage Scanner here or contact the company on +44-1223-855021 / +1 858-880-6920 / firstname.lastname@example.org