Automated PCR Setup

VERSA Automated PCR Setup workstations replace repetitive pipetting for any type of PCR setup protocols to highly accurate and contamination free liquid handling. VERSA series offer ultimate flexibility while being compatible with many PCR formats including 96- or 384-well plates, LightCycler carousel, Rotor-Gene rings and AmpliSlide. VERSA’s Gripper and Transporter enable more flexibility in tailoring different protocols unlike slider systems that allow limited plate movement between two neighbouring decks. Scientists benefit from increased throughput, reproducibility and walk-away time.

Independently Validated

Automation of One-Step Realtime PCR based DNA Quantitative Kit for Diagnosis of HBV on VERSA 10 Workstation.

Download the checkerboard validation to see how the VERSA workstation is being used for eliminating cross-contamination while demonstrating incomparable reproducibility in Real-time PCR based applications.

Automation of SensiFAST Real-time qPCR mix with MIC qPCR system on VERSA 10 Workstation.

A collaboration between Aurora, BMS, and Bioline advances real-time qPCR solutions with utmost sensitivity, cost-efficacy, and precision. Download to learn more about successful deployment of a small-footprint, ultrafast, automatable solution for qPCR assays utilizing VERSA 10.Automated PCR Setup.

automated qPCR Setup validation

Modules Tailored to Your Automated PCR / RT-PCR Protocols

Qiagen™ GeneDisc Adaptor Ring

Beckman Coulter™ Advalytix Amplislide Adaptor


draws reagents from their reservoirs and eliminates tip usage

96 Tip Aspirator

increases efficiency and speed while reducing tip costs

Plate Transporter

enables more flexibility than slider systems


Reagent Block Cooler

preserves precious dNTPs, buffers and enzymes

VERSA Magnetic Elevator for automated liquid handling

Shaker-Heater-Magnet Elevator

reduces protocol time

8 Chanel Pipetting Head

with single channel function

  • Highly accurate air-displacement technology increases reproducibility
  • Flexibility to perform other associated task such as normalization and plate reformatting
  • Low dead volume reduces costs associated with reagent waste
  • Open System – compatible with diverse reagents, kits and labware
  • HEPA/UV/LED Enclosure – keeps samples contamination-free
  • Scalable Solution – processes 1 to 96 samples in parallel depending on throughput demands
  • Unparalleled Customer Service – our engineering team is readily available to troubleshoot your protocols


VERSA PCR System Compatibility


Carousel PCR Setup


Qiagen™ Rotorgene Setup


Slide Based PCR Setup

User Review

“… smooth operation and satisfactory use of Aurora’s VERSA liquid handling station. The software allows for simple manipulation of the workstation to optimize maintaining the flexibility needed to accommodate third party reagent kits. Furthermore, Aurora Biomed’s staffs provide quick and effective responses when they receive troubleshooting requests.”

G.D. Chen, Senior Researcher, Genomics BioSci & Tech.




VERSA 1100

Deck Capacity 6 8 15
Pipetting Head
(Single Channel Function, Disposable Tip)
4 or 8 channel Single channel (Dual syringe pump) 8 or 96 channel or 4 channel with independent Z-axis
ReagentDrop N/A 4 channels 8 channels
96-Tip Aspirator N/A Optional 1
Temperature Regulation Block 1 1 4
Reagent Cooling Block 1 1 1
Plate Shaker 1 1 1*
Magnetic Block 1 1 1*
Gripper / Plate Transporter Plate Transporter Plate Transporter Gripper
Liquid Level Sensing Optional Optional Optional
HEPA / UV / LED Enclosure Optional Optional Included
Width x Depth x Height (cm) 65 x 43 x 52 60 x 60 x 45 98.5 x 75.2 x 108.2
Weight (kg) 27 35 200

*Could be upgraded to Shaker-Heater-Magnet Elevator


  • Single/Multiplex PCR Setup
  • Real-Time PCR Reaction Setup
  • Sequencing Reaction Setup
  • Ligase Reaction Setup
  • End Filling/Nick Translation Setup
  • Genomic Library Screening
  • PCR Clean-up
  • Colony PCR Screening
  • Master-Mix Preparation
  • Cherry Picking and Reagent Pooling
  • Serial and Parallel Dilution
  • Plate Reformatting

Frequently Asked Questions

The VERSA Automated PCR Setup system is equipped with a Reagent Block Cooler that can keep precious dNTPs and temperature sensitive buffers, enzymes and primers at 4°C on-deck.

VERSA utilizes disposable tips to eliminate cross-contamination. Additionally, the aspirating and dispensing speed is carefully adjusted to avoid splashing or carry-over contamination. VERSA liquid handlers can also be equipped with a HEPA filter and UV light to keep the environment contamination-free.

Yes, the VERSA workstation is suitable for a wide range of genomics applications such as plate replication, plate reformatting and serial dilutions.

Yes, VERSA uses Conductive Liquid Level Sensing to detect liquid level. We provide black conductive (liquid level sensing) pipette tips in non-sterile, sterile and sterile-filter formats.

Yes, the normalization tab in the operating software allows the user to program DNA normalization process step by step through a user friendly, drag and drop interface.

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