SARS-CoV-2 testing

KingFisher systems are on the front line of the battle against SARS-CoV-2, helping labs accelerate RNA extraction throughput to handle the huge demand for fast and accurate SARS-CoV-2 test results.

Explore DNA & RNA Learning Center

Read scientific articles, webinars, and videos on nucleic acid research

Kits, reagents, and protocols

KingFisher systems are optimized for MagMAX kits, SMART Digest kits, and Dynabeads purification kits and reagents for extraction of nucleic acids, proteins, and cells. They are also designed to adapt to your changing research needs. That’s why we include free software with all KingFisher instruments so that you can create, modify, and store your own protocols or download tested protocols from our website.


To select the best kit for your application, and to view compatible protocols for download, see the Kits, Reagents, and Protocols tab or go directly to our selection guide.

Customer Stories

Documentation and literature

For application notes, guides, and other documents about using KingFisher systems for SARS-CoV-2 testing, see SARS-CoV-2 testing above.

Genomic DNA from saliva

Sample preparation for NGS

DNA and RNA extraction from FFPE samples

DNA extraction from cells and whole blood

RNA extraction

Gene expression analysis

Microbiome analysis

Plant DNA


Protein digestion

Peptide mapping and quantitation

Exosome pull-down

DNA extraction performance of KingFisher Presto

Pipetting accessories

Demos and how-to videos

KingFisher Apex

KingFisher Flex

KingFisher Presto

KingFisher Duo Prime


Software updates

If you already own a KingFisher Flex, Duo Prime, or Presto system, check for and download BindIt Software updates here.

If you already own a KingFisher Apex system, use one of these methods to download the latest BindIx software.

System requirements: Windows 10 version 1809 (17763.0) or higher

Automated Nucleic Acid Purification Support Center

In the Automated Nucleic Acid Purification Support Center, part of our Nucleic Acid Purification and Analysis Support Center, you can find tips and troubleshooting suggestions for KingFisher instruments and related Thermo Fisher Scientific products. Among the resources are:

  • Getting started FAQs
  • Troubleshooting FAQs
  • Documents (application notes, brochures, posters, technical notes)
  • Online resources (overviews, citations, selection guides, protocols, TechNotes)
  • Training, events, and webinars (gateways to Thermo Fisher Scientific courses, webinars, and trade shows)
  • Tools, software and calculators (downloadable protocols and scripts, DNA and RNA molecular weights and conversions)
  • Mobile and desktop apps (smart phone app for everyday lab calculations)
  • Services (instrument management, custom RNA, and mRNA services)


For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.