Automate your sample pooling with INTEGRA’s efficient pipetting solutions
Pooling of patient samples is commonly used in immunoassays and molecular diagnostics to increase testing capacity while reducing reagent costs for analysis of SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious agents. Workflow automation on the INTEGRA ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot in combination with the VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing pipette increases reproducibility and minimizes the need for manual intervention, eliminating the risk of human error and development repetitive strain injuries, and maximizing hands-free time. The compact ASSIST PLUS fits easily into a laminar flow hood, simultaneously protecting samples and the user throughout the workflow, whether transferring samples from individual tubes to plates or during grouping steps. Coupled with the VOYAGER electronic pipette, this elegant, self-contained solution allows parallel transfer of up to 12 samples, with automatic adjustment of tip spacing to accommodate a variety of tube racks. This dramatically increases pooling speed – and therefore overall throughput – compared to a single-channel pipette, accelerating time to results.
For maximum flexibility, the ASSIST PLUS can be combined with the full range of INTEGRA VOYAGER and VIAFLO electronic multichannel pipettes, to enable automation of downstream processes such as nucleic acid extraction, PCR and ELISA setup on the same platform. Simply change pipettes to perform another application on this flexible and versatile instrument.