Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Scientific Communities
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article

Life Technologies Begins Shipping QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Disruptive benchtop system makes digital PCR attainable to any lab.

Life Technologies Corporation announces it has begun commercial shipments of the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System, the first chip-based instrument designed for this rapidly growing segment of the genetic analysis market. Featuring the simplest workflow and smallest footprint available on the market, the benchtop platform is designed for experiments requiring absolute quantification of targeted DNA molecules and disruptively priced at $39,000 to enable broad accessibility to all laboratories.

Scientists worldwide commonly use real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to amplify and quantify nucleic acids. A variation of that powerful technology, digital PCR goes beyond the limits of real-time PCR and provides absolute quantification of DNA samples, making the application ideally suited for accurately detecting rare genetic mutations important in cancer or infectious diseases.

"Good research depends on three things: researchers' techniques, appropriate funding and sample quality. Compared to in-situ hybridization methods, digital PCR has a direct impact on these components," said Bruno Ping, senior biomedical scientist, Royal Surrey County Hospital in the U.K. "The great advantage of the QuantStudio 3D is that it makes copy number variation research, for example, more readily available and cost effective as you are able to probe a higher number of samples at lower price points. The data achieved in my lab correlate well with our previous results."

The QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System is designed to be affordable and easy to use for a wide variety of laboratory settings.  The simple workflow, combined with the system's chip-based approach, reduces the number of required hands-on steps to begin experiments — reducing the risk of sample contamination and loss of DNA normally associated with droplet-based systems on the market. Once a sample has been loaded onto the chip, the system takes less than one minute to return initial data.

At the heart of the instrument is the high-density, nanofluidic silicon chip that enables up to 20,000 data points, coverage that satisfies the needs for most digital PCR applications today. The platform also takes up minimal footprint on the bench, measuring about 5 inches wide, 8.5 inches long and 8 inches tall.

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 in 2012. Once considered a niche market, digital PCR is expected to grow to nearly $250 million globally by 2016, according to reports from Frost & Sullivan and DeciBio. Previously, the market was limited by the high cost and cumbersome workflow associated with prior digital platforms.

"Effective today, we have democratized digital PCR by introducing a novel instrument and system that simplifies the workflow and enables accessibility by labs of all sizes around the world," says Chris Linthwaite, Head of Genetic Analysis, Life Technologies. "The QuantStudio 3D Digital PCR System reflects our singular focus to develop revolutionary platforms that enable diverse scientific communities to answer questions across a wide range of industries and applications."

Life Technologies will host two customer presentations June 10 during the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) conference: Bruno Ping will discuss the results of his research on Her-2 amplification in breast cancer FFPE samples using the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System; and Dr. Erik Springer will discuss his work on detection of BRAF-V600E mutation by comparing data from ARMS-PCR and digital PCR.

Further Information
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 2,800+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 4,000+ 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 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.

Related Content

FBI Approves Life Technologies' Forensics Kit
Ability to upload forensic samples to National DNA Index System using GlobalFiler DNA chemistry enables faster, more powerful data comparisons to solve crimes in the U.S. and globally.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Distribution Agreement to Offer GlobalFiler Express Chemistry
Life Technologies today announced it has signed an agreement giving IntegenX Inc. the rights to distribute its GlobalFiler Express chemistry on IntegenX’s RapidHIT™ platform.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Life Technologies' Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome Program Adds 12 New Members
With more than 30 members the program is the largest network of next generation-based exome sequencing providers in the world.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Life Tech's Food Pathogen Detection Methods Approved by Australian Government
MicroSEQ Real-Time PCR workflows approved as method for testing Australian export meat and meat products.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
KACST Partners with Life Tech in The Saudi Human Genome Program
Program aims to analyze 100,000 human genomes to identify the causes of disease in the population of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Life Technologies Awards Digital PCR Innovation Grants to Five Research Labs
The five Innovation Grant recipients in the Digital PCR Applications Grant Program was announced during the ASHG conference in Boston.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
BGI Partners with Life Technologies
World's largest genome center to purchase 50 Ion Proton™ Sequencers from Life Technologies.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Life Technologies Extends Partnership with DNAVEC
R&D collaborative agreement aims to further develop Sendai virus-based tools for basic and translational research.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Life Tech's Forensic Kit Approved by FBI
Life Technologies GlobalFiler™ Express Kit has been approved by the FBI for use by laboratories generating DNA profiles for inclusion in the National DNA Index System CODIS Database.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Life Technologies Expand Ion AmpliSeq™ Exome Certified Service Provider Program
Due to increased demand the program is expanding to include eleven new members.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
TriCore Reference Laboratories Named First NGS Center of Excellence by Life Technologies
Collaborative partnership designed to accelerate clinical research in the Southwest using advanced NGS oncology panels.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Thermo Acquisition Approved by Life Technologies Stockholders
Company announced that its stockholders voted to adopt the previously announced merger agreement.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Life Technologies Enters into an Exclusive License and Supply Agreement for Dynabead
Life Technologies has signed a long-term supply and exclusive licensing agreement with Novartis for immunotherapeutics involving T cells modified to express chimeric antigen receptors for the treatment of cancer.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Life Technologies Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results
Revenue increased 1% excluding impact of currency.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Life Technologies Opens State-of-the-Art DNA Forensics Laboratory in India
The new Life Forensics Laboratory will provide much needed high-throughput DNA profiling services in India to help accelerate the sampling process, while saving time and money.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Scientific News
High Throughput Mass Spectrometry-Based Screening Assay Trends
Dr John Comley provides an insight into HT MS-based screening with a focus on future user requirements and preferences.
The MaxSignal Colistin ELISA Test Kit from Bioo Scientific
Kit can help prevent the antibiotic apocalypse by keeping last resort drugs out of the food supply.
"Good" Mozzie Virus Might Hold Key to Fighting Human Disease
Australian scientists have discovered a new virus carried by one of the country’s most common pest mosquitoes.
Non-Disease Proteins Kill Brain Cells
Scientists at the forefront of cutting-edge research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have shown that the mere presence of protein aggregates may be as important as their form and identity in inducing cell death in brain tissue.
Closing the Loop on an HIV Escape Mechanism
Research team finds that protein motions regulate virus infectivity.
New Class of RNA Tumor Suppressors Identified
Two short, “housekeeping” RNA molecules block cancer growth by binding to an important cancer-associated protein called KRAS. More than a quarter of all human cancers are missing these RNAs.
Potential Treatment for Life-Threatening Viral Infections Revealed
The findings point to new therapies for Dengue, West Nile and Ebola.
World’s First Therapeutic Venom Database
Open-source library describes nearly 43,000 effects on the human body.
Biologists Induce Flatworms to Grow Heads and Brains of Other Species
Findings shed light on role of a new kind of epigenetic signaling in evolution, could yield clues for understanding birth defects and regeneration.
Fat Cells Originating from Bone Marrow Found in Humans
Cells could contribute to diabetes, heart disease.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
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
2,800+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,000+ scientific videos