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Multi-Bay Modular Real Time PCR Instrument Enables Rapid Onsite Nucleic Acid Testing

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 02 Nov 2023
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Image: The MQx96 96-well multi-bay modular qPCR instrument (Photo courtesy of Anitoa Systems)
Image: The MQx96 96-well multi-bay modular qPCR instrument (Photo courtesy of Anitoa Systems)

A new generation of compact and inexpensive molecular testing platforms features a unique ultra-low-light CMOS sensor technology that enables the detection of infectious or oncology markers, as well as pathogens in the food and environment.

Anitoa Systems (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) has launched new 96-well multi-bay modular real-time PCR (qPCR) instruments in its Maverick line of qPCR products. Anitoa's Maverick multi-bay modular qPCR instrument MQx96 is the company’s first larger format qPCR instrument that comes with multiple independently operable modules. The MQx96 and MQx48 instruments are available in 96 (6X16) and 48 (3X16) well formats, and feature 6X or 3X 16-well qPCR modules, both of which can be independently controlled using a unified software interface. MQx96 is ideal for laboratories that are required to run small sample batches continuously in a pipelined manner.

Maverick qPCR instruments feature technological innovations, including a unique proprietary low-light complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) 4-channel fluorescence optics system that enables rapid and highly multiplexed DNA detection. Additionally, Maverick qPCR instruments are easy to use and do not need calibration, thanks to their solid-state construction. Apart from their operational flexibility, Anitoa's MQ96 (and MQ48) are modular systems with each reaction chamber independently heated and cooled. This enables the instruments to achieve a 30-40% faster reaction time compared to traditional large-block qPCR systems.

"We are excited to offer laboratories worldwide a modular solution for rapid and pipelined nucleic acid tests to help combat diseases by detecting pathogens in human, as well as our food and environment," said Dr. Zhimin Ding, CEO of Anitoa Systems. "We believe our multi-bay modular qPCR instruments and the integrated software offer features that meet the needs of labs seeking higher throughput testing while being extremely flexible."

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