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Bio-Rad’s CFX Automation System Enables Walk-Away, High-Throughput Real-Time PCR

Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010
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Integrates with CFX96 and CFX384 Real-Time PCR Detection Systems

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced the availability of the CFX automation system for walk-away, high-throughput qPCR on its CFX96™ and CFX384™ real-time PCR detection systems.

In the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical markets, performance, time-to-result, and sample throughput are increasingly important. The addition of the CFX automation system to the CFX96 and CFX384 real-time PCR systems offers a high quality, high-throughput, automated PCR solution for these researchers.

“The time needed to run multiple PCR plates is one of the major bottlenecks in generating real-time PCR data,” said Richard Kurtz, Marketing Manager, Amplification, Bio Rad Laboratories. “The CFX automation platform eliminates the need for a researcher to be present to load the PCR plate and start each run individually. Now all they need to do is load the stacker, setup the runs, and walk away.”

The CFX automation system is equipped with a benchtop plate handler with the capacity to load up to twenty 384-well plates or 7,680 samples at a time on the CFX384 system, facilitating workflow automation, generation of large volumes of data, and rapid analysis of that data.

CFX automation control software manages the configuration and operation of the CFX automation system with one CFX96 or CFX384 real-time PCR detection system, ensuring maximum productivity.  Researchers can use the CFX automation control software to define PCR protocols for multiple experiments at once, enabling either the same protocol to be applied across each plate or different protocols for each plate.

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