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Rapid, Cost-Efficient Sample Processing in Workflows

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Hamilton Storage and Rhinostics are pleased to announce the first step in a collaboration to improve decapping and accessioning of patient samples. These common bottlenecks occur during clinical sample processing of assays to detect antibodies and antigens in relation to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, as well as many other pathogens. The agreement includes joining Hamilton Storage’s LabElite® DeCapper with the RHINOstic™ swab collection device for hands-free and high throughput sample processing.

The patent-pending RHINOstic nasal and buccal swab collection device integrates a unique, polypropylene-based swab with an automatable cap. After the patient sample is collected, the swab is placed into a barcoded sample container and ready for dry shipment; bypassing the need for viral transport media (VTM). This reduces reagent costs as well as risks of leaking, accidental biohazard contact, and variability due to VTM composition. The lack of VTM also enables greater sample concentrations for use in PCR, next-generation sequencing (NGS), ELISA methods, and more.

The easy-to-use LabElite DeCapper automates decapping and capping of tubes and vials with internal or external threads in 24-, 48-, or 96-tube racks. This increases sample processing speed while protecting users from biohazard exposure. When processing RHINOstic devices, the LabElite DeCapper’s 12-channel head and a conversion kit are required. This accessory is available with new models, and field-upgradeable for those with existing LabElite DeCappers. Additional functionality to further enhance sample throughput will be announced as it becomes available.

Cheri Walker, PhD, President and Chief Executive noted that automation is foundational to drive speed and efficiency in the RHINOstic workflow, especially in times of overwhelming demand – as many labs are currently experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hamilton Storage is a strong, reputable leader in automated technologies and highly engaged in supporting our growth,” she commented. “We’re delighted to partner with them, and together, we will make a meaningful difference across the healthcare community.”

“We’re enthusiastic about working with Rhinostics as they apply a fresh perspective to an often-overlooked element of clinical laboratory workflows,” said Matthew Hamilton, President of Hamilton Storage. “The resulting automatable innovation is as elegant as it is highly impactful for time-pressed labs and the clinicians and patients that they serve.”

The collaborative agreement will include co-promoting the RHINOstic device and LabElite DeCapper solution along with marketing and educational initiatives aimed at making customers aware of the increased convenience, speed, and consistency of the combined solution.