Why use a microvolume spectrophotometer?
When the first Thermo Scientific NanoDrop Microvolume UV-Vis Spectrophotometer was introduced more than two decades ago, it transformed molecular biology research by making it possible to measure the purity of DNA, RNA, and protein samples without having to first dilute them. This eliminated multiple manual steps while improving the accuracy of the results, freeing up researchers to focus on their downstream experiments.
Since then, labs around the world have incorporated the NanoDrop Spectrophotometer into their daily routines. Using our NanoDrop instruments, researchers can get accurate results in just five to six seconds per sample, far faster than the two to three minutes it once took. With this information in hand, they can quickly assess the suitability of their samples for experiments in diverse fields ranging from genomics to proteomics to bio-manufacturing.
A microvolume spectrophotometer for limited budgets
As we work to bring NanoDrop technology to even more users, I’m thrilled to introduce the NanoDrop Lite Plus Spectrophotometer, which offers an inexpensive and quick way to measure DNA, RNA, and protein samples. This entry-level instrument is designed for academic teaching labs, biotech startups, and other research organizations with limited budgets that want the accuracy and reliability inherent to the NanoDrop brand.
The new NanoDrop Lite Plus Spectrophotometer enables labs with limited budgets to quickly and accurately assess the concentration and purity of DNA, RNA, and protein samples.
Replacing the NanoDrop Lite model, which we introduced in 2012, the NanoDrop Lite Plus Spectrophotometer measures purified DNA, RNA, and protein concentration with only 1–2 microliters of sample up to 30 Abs (1,500 ng/µL dsDNA). It calculates critical A260/A280 and A260/A230 purity ratios to provide valuable quality check information, while doubling data storage capacity to 1,000 samples. It also offers a reliable and robust industrial design that can withstand heavy use in classrooms and busy research labs.
The industry standard for assessing sample purity
The NanoDrop Lite Plus Spectrophotometer joins our premium NanoDrop UV-Vis Spectrophotometer family, known for its reliability, accuracy, and ease of use—backed by world-class service and support.
Our flagship NanoDrop One/OneC Spectrophotometer has become the industry standard for analyzing sample concentration and purity, while identifying contaminants that are present using our Acclaro Sample Intelligence Technology. Expanding on this innovation, last year we introduced the NanoDrop Eight Spectrophotometer, which enables high-volume labs to obtain the same sample confidence eight samples at a time in less than 20 seconds.
With the introduction of the NanoDrop Lite Plus model, our goal is to expand NanoDrop spectrophotometers to price-conscious labs so all users can experience confidence in their measurement results. While offering fewer features than our premium models, the NanoDrop Lite Plus Spectrophotometer delivers fast, accurate measurements in an easy-to-use, affordable package.
With this new entry-level microvolume spectrophotometer, students will have the opportunity to learn molecular biology principles on an industry-leading instrument, while research and biotech labs can remove bottlenecks to evaluating sample purity—and get on with their critical experiments that advance molecular biology.
To learn more, visit our NanoDrop innovations webpage.
Patrick T. Brown is a molecular biologist and product manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific.