Advantages of Automated Sample Preparation
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Automated sample purification instruments help save lab technicians time by removing manual steps and helping reduce overall processing time when compared with manual preparation or even with other sample preparation instruments.
With KingFisher automation, each step in your workflow—such as reagent, antibody, target capture, washes, and elution—is represented by a single plate in the instrument carousel (for the KingFisher Duo Prime, rows of wells in the plate). Once the plates are prepared and loaded, simply press “start” and the instrument carries out the programmed protocol automatically.
Figure 1. The expected run time for sample preparation when using a KingFisher instrument and pre-fill plates. Less than 15 minutes to prep plates, 1 minute to select program or protocol, 1 min to load plates, press state and walk away for 25–120 minutes depending on the sample and analyte type.
Figure 2. Automation saves hands-on time. Using automation from Thermo Fisher Scientific saves you hands-on time by 80% compared to using a column-based protocol from Supplier Q.
KingFisher instruments can isolate RNA or DNA from a 96-well plate in only 25 minutes, processing up to 96 samples during one run. Depending on the analyte outcome needed, the run time on the KingFisher systems typically ranges from 25–60 minutes for most extraction, purification, and isolation for nucleic acids, proteins, peptides, cells, and exosomes.
Different sample types and applications require different chemistries to extract the analyte. Sample types such as blood, saliva, mucus, whale blubber, soil, ocean water, fecal matter, fish scales and other sample types are among the array of applications that KingFisher instruments support.
We have developed kits and solutions that contain optimized beads, buffers, and protocols to help maximize purity and yield for each application and sample type. You can also edit, modify, or create your own protocols to align with your outcome and research needs.
Automation is now more affordable than ever. Consider the cost savings for labor and material reductions in addition to employee satisfaction and retention. Automation is the way of the future. It can help set you and your lab up for success, even if your research changes.
Figure 3. Automation is affordable. Using automation from Thermo Fisher Scientific for sample preparation saves you about 4% and 14% respectively on DNA kits and RNA kits compared to using automation from Supplier Q.
Figure 4. The table shows the DNA purification cost comparison based on the number of preps required and the method used (either a manual or automated workflow solution). There was a cost savings when using the Applied Biosystems MagMAX DNA Multi Sample Ultra 2.0 Kit as part of an automated workflow versus using DNA columns from generic brand Q.
Figure 5. The table shows RNA purification cost based on the number of preps required and the method used (either a manual or automated workflow solution).
Compare automated magnetic bead-based sample preparation with manual column-based sample preparation:
Figure 6. Automated extraction of nucleic acid, cells, exosomes and proteins can be achieved with either manual or automated laboratory workflows. Academic labs may choose manual workflows for educational research, while biotech companies may use manual workflows for initial validation and transition to automated instruments when scaling up their study or research products.
Thermo Scientific KingFisher sample purification systems use permanent magnetic rods with disposable tip combs to automate the extraction of any analyte of interest that can be bound to a bead.
Moving beads instead of liquids results in higher purity because no non-target organic matter or contaminants from liquid reagents are transferred from well to well. It also helps minimize sample loss and can result in higher yield.
Thermo Scientific KingFisher sample purification systems have been helping researchers for nearly 20 years. Most recently, KingFisher Flex systems were on the front line of helping labs accelerate extraction throughput to handle the huge demand during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Experience consistency and reproducibility with affordable automated purification systems that fit your throughput needs.
Each benchtop KingFisher system is designed to process samples according to your lab’s throughput needs—from different volume ranges to different sample types.
|Instrument||KingFisher Apex||KingFisher Duo Prime||KingFisher Flex|
|Sample per run|
(Two magnetic head options)
|1–96 (10–1,000 µl)|
1–24 (30–5,000 µL)
|1–6 (200–5,000 µL)|
|1–96 (20–1,000 µl)|
1–24 (200–5,000 µL)
|Benchtop instrument size|
(W x D x H)
|31 x 23 x 18 in.||15.7 x 18.1 x 13.4 in.||26.77 x 23.6 x 14.96 in.|
|Learn More||Learn More||Learn More|
|Request a demo from a technical application specialist|
Use our selection tool to find the right magnetic bead-based kit for your automated sample preparation. Purify nucleic acids, proteins, cells, and exosomes from a wide range of sample types with KingFisher optimized kits.
|To isolate and extract …||We recommend …|
|DNA and/or RNA||Applied Biosystems MagMAX kits|
|DNA and/or RNA|
(not covered by MagMAX kits)
|Invitrogen Dynabeads reagents|
|Proteins||Dynabeads reagents for immunoprecipitation|
|Proteins for peptide mapping||Thermo Scientific SMART Digest Immunoaffinity Kits|
|Cells and exosomes||Invitrogen Dynabeads reagents|
|SARS-CoV-2||Applied Biosystems MagMAX Kits (viral RNA)|
Invitrogen Dynabeads reagents (intact virus)
Whether you are starting to put together your labs first end-to-end research workflow, or scaling up to meet customer demand, we have financing options available. Contact us to learn more about affordable financing. Terms and conditions apply.
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.