INTEGRA helps diagnostic labs scale up liquid handling during the COVID-19 pandemic
1 Oct 2020
Electronic pipettes, pipetting robots and other instruments from INTEGRA are helping labs cope with the unparalleled pressures of SARS-CoV-2 testing whilst enhancing the reproducibility of results.
VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing pipettes are suitable for transferring patient samples from individual collection tubes – either blood collection or swab tubes – to microplates in serological and PCR testing workflows. Automatic adjustment of tip spacing at the touch of a button enables fast, simultaneous reformatting of up to 12 samples between different labware types. This can be fully automated by combining the VOYAGER pipette with the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot, further streamlining an array of routine pipetting tasks, such as tube to plate reformatting.
The VIAFLO 96/384 handheld electronic pipette can boost throughput when adding buffers or samples to 96 or 384 wells in parallel – for example, during nucleic acid extraction – and is appropriate for a range of common methods, including magnetic bead purification protocols and silica-based vacuum extraction kits.
As the pandemic has progressed, there has been a growing need for serology tests to analyse the immune responses of individual patients, as well as to assess population immunity. The VACUSIP portable aspiration system can be used for safe and convenient liquid waste removal during such immunoassays, which often involve a number of aspiration steps to remove buffers after incubation and washing.
INTEGRA’s portfolio of products is ideal for laboratories that have had to adjust their workflows to meet urgent COVID-19 demands, requiring rapid implementation and scale-up of new and existing processes.
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