IntelliQube from Douglas Scientific, Alexandria, Minn, is the first fully automated, high-throughput PCR instrument to feature seamless integration of liquid handling, thermal cycling, detection, and data analysis. Designed to support quantitative real-time PCR, end-point PCR, and isothermal chemistries, the instrument allows labs to realize the benefits of inline automation that are enabled by the company’s Array Tape consumable.

Array Tape is a thin polymer strip with serially embossed wells that provides a flexible microplate replacement and increases throughput in single-nucleotide polymorphism genotyping applications.

“The Array Tape paradigm has revolutionized the ultra-high throughput genotyping space since its introduction with the Nexar system in 2009. With the launch of IntelliQube, we are excited to extend the Array Tape advantage to a wider laboratory audience that provides unprecedented flexibility, throughput, and process efficiency, while lowering operating costs,” says Darren Cook, executive vice president for business development and strategy at Douglas Scientific. “The integrated qPCR workflow within the IntelliQube provides scientists control, consistency, and hands-off operation so they can focus on results rather than microplate management.”

With a new 768-well Array Tape format, IntelliQube offers five distinct detection channels to enable multiplex reactions. Integrated liquid handling maximizes process flexibility and minimizes waste compared to rigidly defined chips, microarrays, or microfluidics. A variety of qPCR and end-point PCR applications are compatible with the system, including gene expression analysis, genotyping and copy number variants (CNVs), miRNA analysis, and zygosity.

For more information, visit Douglas Scientific.