QIAGEN launched EZ2 Connect MDx for use in diagnostic laboratories, an IVD platform for automated sample processing that is now available for widescale use after being made available for research.

The EZ2 Connect MDx aims to enable labs to purify DNA and RNA from 24 samples in parallel in as little as 30 minutes1. The device carries the EU’s CE-IVD compliance marking for in vitro devices (IVD) for the European Union and other countries that accept this designation. It is also available in the United States, Canada, and other countries.

“EZ2 Connect MDx puts standardized and efficient nucleic acid purification in reach of any clinical lab,” says Jean-Pascal Viola, senior vice president, head of the Molecular Diagnostics Business Area at QIAGEN. “It solves the challenges of many clinical diagnostics labs that have to provide diagnostics results quickly, that have to deal with fluctuating sample numbers as well as a large variety of sample types and quality.”

EZ2 Connect MDx can extract nucleic acids from blood plasma, serum, stool, and other sample types using magnetic-bead technology. High process safety is ensured with prefilled and sealed reagent cartridges, as well as load checking through integrated cameras. Other features include UV decontamination, onboard pipetting and heating as well as automated piercing of the sealed cartridge. The resulting analyte is compatible with a variety of downstream technologies such as real-time PCR, digital PCR, and next-generation sequencing.

The device is also designed to handle a wide range of sample material thanks to QIAGEN’s kit portfolio and customizable protocols. It can be used in research mode with research kits (MBA) or in dedicated IVD mode with EZ1 DSP kits as well as protocols for diagnostic workflows.

Another key feature is the ability to use the QIAsphere digital laboratory ecosystem, which enables full integration into the digital infrastructure of a lab that allows for remote instrument management.


1 Protocol run time varies depending on the number of samples processed and the protocol selected.