Promega and Hitachi launch CE system for DNA analysis

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  • Published: Feb 16, 2017
  • Source: Promega
  • Channels: Electrophoresis / Proteomics & Genomics
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Spectrum Compact CE System

Promega's Spectrum Compact CE System.

Promega Corporation has announced the development of a benchtop capillary electrophoresis (CE) instrument for DNA analysis in collaboration with Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation. The Spectrum Compact CE System meets small batch and single sample needs in DNA analysis, and can perform both sequencing and fragment analysis at a moment’s notice.

The Spectrum Compact CE System provides laboratories of all sizes with the freedom to carry out single nucleotide polymorphism, PCR sizing and microsatellite analysis, de novo sequencing, next-generation sequencing validation, and mutation detection. This benchtop CE instrument runs up to 32 samples at once and features four-capillary, six-dye detection along with an integrated touch-screen for instrument operation. Plug-and-play prefilled reagent cartridges with a guided software user interface brings CE capabilities to the hands of any scientist in the laboratory regardless of skill level or expertise.

“This opens new possibilities to scientists seeking high quality DNA detection on a smaller scale,” says Doug Storts, head of research nucleic acid technologies at Promega. “This system supports the unique workflows of the lab versus the lab needing to batch samples as a work around and cost savings measure when using a high-throughput instrument or service. When we ask for early input from labs worldwide, the consistent response we get from scientists is ‘thank you’.” The system is anticipated to be commercially available in the second half of 2017.

This collaboration between Promega and Hitachi High-Technologies leverages the two companies’ respective strengths as the industry’s leading manufacturer of reagents and STR kits and the world’s chief developer of CE. This allows them to offer a high-performing, high-value, compact CE instrument.

Promega will also release a new Sanger sequencing kit designed for the Spectrum Compact CE System that features increased base-calling accuracy and applies Promega expertise in enzymology, dye manufacturing and master mixes.

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