OpenArray™ technology uses a microscope slide–sized plate with 3,072 through-holes. Each plate contains 48 subarrays, each with 64 through-holes. Each through-hole is 300 μm in diameter and 300 μm deep and is treated with hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings. Reagents are retained in the through-holes via surface tension (see Figure). One OpenArray plate can hold as many samples as can eight traditional 384-well plates.
Custom plate formats
Custom OpenArray plates for the QuantStudio™ 12K Flex system are offered in 11 formats to provide flexible solutions for configuring your plates for gene expression, miRNA, or genotyping analysis.
|Plate format for gene expression & miRNA analysis||# of samples|
|Minimum order (10 pack)||Total # of samples|
per minimum order
Inventoried assays only
Inventoried, made-to-order, and/or custom assays
|18 (3X) assays||48||1||1||480|
|112 assays||24||1||2||240 (inv only)/|
|168 assays||16||1||3||160 (inv only)/|
|224 assays||12||1||4||120 (inv only)/|
Note: There are two sets of minimum order requirements for the gene expression offerings. “Inventoried” refers to OpenArray configurations where all selected assays are inventoried . “Inventoried/made to order/custom” refers to configurations that contain at least one custom or made-to-order assay.
|Plate format for |
|# of samples|
|Minimum order |
|Total # of samples|
per minimum order
OpenArray technology offers a very easy-to-use format. For most applications, assays are preloaded onto plates at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. To run the plates, simply mix your sample with master mix, load with the automated QuantStudio 12K Flex OpenArray AccuFill™ System, cycle, and image (see Figure below).
OpenArray technology helps streamline real-time PCR studies that use large numbers of samples, assays, or both, because a single QuantStudio 12K Flex OpenArray plate is equivalent to running eight traditional 384-well plates. The system can run up to 4 QuantStudio 12K Flex OpenArray plates simultaneously, allowing you to process up to 1,728 genotyping samples and 2,304 samples for gene expression, typically in an 8-hour day.
Enhance your genotyping throughput by thermal cycling offline using the Dual Flat Block GeneAmp™ PCR System 9700 and process a total of more than 5,184 genotyping samples in one day. This system offers interchangeable blocks, allowing you to switch to standard multi-well plate formats as well.
Visit the OpenArray application page to learn more of each application workflow and product.
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.