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New Sample Preparation Solutions Simplify and Automate Respiratory Diagnostic Testing

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 13 Dec 2023
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Image: The KingFisher Apex system represents the pinnacle of automated purification for DNA, RNA, proteins, and cells (Photo courtesy of Thermo Fisher)
Image: The KingFisher Apex system represents the pinnacle of automated purification for DNA, RNA, proteins, and cells (Photo courtesy of Thermo Fisher)

Clinical laboratories performing respiratory testing are required to generate results of the highest quality results. Now, an automated nucleic acid purification instrument along with kits for the isolation and purification of viral and bacterial pathogens from respiratory biological specimens has been designed to fulfill the requirements of these laboratories.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (Waltham, MA; USA) has launched the high-throughput, versatile KingFisher Apex Dx system that allows scientists’ labs to recover quality nucleic acids for sensitive downstream applications with maximum consistency, reproducibility, and reliability. The system has been designed to be a part of modular sample preparation for real-time PCR analysis workflow, providing precise results, accurate data management, and robust security features that meet cybersecurity and diagnostic regulatory standards. Additionally, Thermo Fisher has launched the MagMAX Dx Viral/Pathogen NA Isolation kit which offers advanced formulation to ensure reproducible results and is automation-compatible with the KingFisher Apex Dx. These products together provide laboratories with an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) and in vitro diagnostic regulation (IVD-R) approved automated sample preparation solutions for increased confidence in downstream results.

The KingFisher Apex Dx system automates the extraction of up to 24 or 96 DNA, RNA, protein, or cell samples and transitions from clinical research to diagnostics by offering research use only (RUO) and IVD software modes. It can be integrated with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) or Laboratory Information System (LIS) via Diomni Enterprise Software for enhanced data management and workflow optimization. The MagMAX Dx Viral/Pathogen NA Isolation Kit offers a new advanced formulation to maximize nucleic acid yield from routinely tested respiratory pathogens such as S. aureus, M. tuberculosis, influenza, RSV, and SARS-CoV-2.

“The KingFisher Apex Dx system builds on decades of product expertise and innovation customers have come to trust in our KingFisher instrument line,” said Ellie Mahjubi, vice president and general manager, sample preparation at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “The combination of the Apex Dx system and the MagMAX Dx Viral/Pathogen NA Isolation Kit further simplifies sample preparation for clinical labs so they can have confidence in downstream results when testing for respiratory diseases.”

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