Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Automation & Microfluidics
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Life Technologies Announces Next-Gen Digital PCR Instrument Designed for Widespread Adoption

Published: Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Bookmark and Share
Life Technologies Corporation announces the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System, a scalable, chip-based instrument that is democratizing this technology for a rapidly growing market.

Featuring a simple workflow with minimal hands-on time, the benchtop platform is disruptively priced at $30,000 -- enabling access to a broader community. The system is currently with early access customers and commercial shipments will begin in the first half of 2013.

Designed with a scalable architecture, the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System's first generation chips enable up to 20,000 data points in a single run -- coverage that satisfies the needs for most digital PCR applications today.  The capacity of future chips will increase exponentially to meet increasing demands of the research community.

The new platform is the latest addition to a growing line of QuantStudio™ digital qPCR instruments from Life Technologies. It complements the QuantStudio™ 12K Flex Real-Time PCR System, which the company launched earlier this year and provides the highest throughput capability for digital PCR on the market.

Considered until recently a niche segment, the digital PCR market is expected to grow to nearly $250 million globally by 2016. Researchers worldwide use real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to amplify and quantify nucleic acids. Digital PCR takes researchers beyond the limits of real-time PCR for applications that require absolute quantitation of targeted DNA molecules. Additionally, Life's simple workflow and chip-based platform reduce the risk of sample contamination and loss of DNA normally associated with droplet-based systems. The technology is ideal for accurately detecting rare mutations important in cancer or infectious diseases — the equivalent to finding a needle in a haystack. It is also increasingly used as a mechanism to perform quality control experiments on next generation sequencing libraries.

"The QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System is the latest revolutionary platform from the team that has delivered every market-leading technology in qPCR," says Chris Linthwaite, Head of Genetic Analysis, Life Technologies. "By making this novel platform accessible to all labs, we are enabling the democratization of digital PCR and helping the scientific community expand the utilization of this technology in disease research and applications beyond."

Prior to commercial launch, Life Technologies is making the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System available to early access users through the Digital PCR Applications Grant Program, which will fund 20 research projects that demonstrate innovative applications for the instrument. Five grand prize winners chosen among the winning proposals will receive a QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System. For details on submitting a proposal, visit www.lifetechnologies.com/dpcrgrant.

Life Technologies will host presentations and a poster session from early access users of the system on Nov. 8 at the American Society of Human Genetics conference (ASHG). For more information on these talks, visit Life's ASHG website. The system will be officially unveiled during Explore Art and Science with Life Technologies, a customer event that will showcase the company's latest solutions from the Ion Torrent and Genetic Analysis divisions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Nov. 7 from 7-10:30 p.m. For invitations to the event or for more information, visit the Life Technologies booth (# 601) during ASGH.

The QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System is For Research Use Only, not intended for diagnostic purposes.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,000+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 4,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
Releasing Cancer Cells for Better Analysis
A new device developed at the University of Michigan could provide a non-invasive way to monitor the progress of an advanced cancer treatment.
Releasing Cancer Cells for Better Analysis
A new device developed at the University of Michigan could provide a non-invasive way to monitor the progress of an advanced cancer treatment.
Lab-on-a-Chip for Detecting Glucose
By integrating microfluidic chips with fiber optic biosensors, researchers in China are creating ultrasensitive lab-on-a-chip devices to detect glucose levels.
Soy Shows Promise as Natural Anti-Microbial Agent
Soy isoflavones and peptides may inhibit the growth of microbial pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses, according to a new study from University of Guelph researchers.
Soy Shows Promise as Natural Anti-Microbial Agent
Researchers from University of Guelph show that soy isoflavones and peptides could be used to reduce microbial contamination of food.
Parsortix Demonstrates Benefits Over Marker-Based Systems
Research published online in the International Journal of Cancer, shows the ParsortixTM System efficiently captures and harvests intact, viable circulating tumour cells (CTCs), including EpCAM-negative CTCs, to allow for broader downstream CTC analysis.
Experimental Therapy For Brain Cancer Could Prevent Drug Resistance
Information from penny-sized microfluidic chips allowed researchers to anticipate resistance to cancer treatment.
3D Printing of Lego Fluidics
Study shows how 3D printing can open up microfluidic technology to a wider audience.
New Method to Preserve Device to Monitor HIV Treatment
Inspired by pregnancy tests, scientists have developed a method to store microfluidic devices for months without refrigeration, giving developing countries an inexpensive and reliable way to treat patients.
Migration Creates Cancer Cell Vulnerabilities
Scientists found that migration can damage cancer cells’ nuclei and DNA, requiring repairs for their survival. The results may open new avenues for targeting metastatic cancer.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,000+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,500+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!