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Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification Systems

Aurora equips the VERSA automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification systems (sometimes referred to as NAP systems) with modules to automate challenging steps for any extraction, purification, and isolation protocols. The Magnetic Bead Vortex ensures homogeneous bead suspension and distribution throughout the plate. The combination of ReagentDrop bulk reagent dispensing module and 96-Tip Aspirator offers fast and efficient bead washing and elution steps while saving tip costs. Unlike slider systems that allow limited plate movement between two neighboring decks, Aurora’s automated Nucleic Acid Purification and Extraction systems feature Grippers and Transporters that enable more flexibility in tailoring different protocols. The VERSA automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification systems are compatible with various commercial kits, reagents, and labware

Validation Studies

Automated Isolation of Genomic DNA using the MACHEREY-NAGEL
NucleoMag® Plant kit by Aurora Biomed’s VERSA 1100

Download the application note to see how VERSA 1100 can streamline plant DNA Purification.

Automated Isolation of Genomic DNA using the MACHEREY-NAGEL
NucleoMag® Blood 200µl kit by Aurora Biomed’s VERSA 1100

Download the application note to see how VERSA 1100 can streamline blood DNA Purification.

Validation of MO BIO’s PowerMagTM Soil DNA Isolation Kit on the Automated Liquid Handling VERSA 1100 Workstation

Download the validation poster to see how VERSA Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification workstation is automating challenging soil extractions while demonstrating incomparable reproducibility on all soil samples.

Automated RNA Isolation from Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs)
using Aurora Biomed’s VERSA 1100 Gene

Download the application note to see how VERSA 1100 Gene can streamline RNA extraction workflows.

Automated RNA Isolation from Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs)

Validation of AB Magpure Blood DNA Isolation kit on the Automated Liquid Handling VERSA Workstation

Download the application note to see how VERSA Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification workstation is automating Blood DNA extractions.

Modules Tailored to Your  Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification Protocols

96 Channel Head

enables efficient even plate processing

Magnetic Bead Vortex

ensures homogeneous bead suspension

ReagentDrop

draws reagents from their reservoir and eliminates tip usage

Gripper

moves sample plates between Magnetic Bead Seperator and Shaker for on-deck mixing and washing

96 Tip Aspirator

increases efficiency and speed while reducing tip costs

Heater Shaker with PCR plate

Shaker-Heater

allows efficient sample processing

New Round Bottom Magnet Plate

Magnetic Bead Separator

pulls down magnetic beads for sample purification

  • Optional 4 channel syringe pipettor with independent Z-axis allows working out of source sample tubes
  • Highly accurate air-displacement technology increases reproducibility
  • Flexibility to perform other associated task such as normalization, plate reformatting, and PCR setup
  • 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

 

Specifications

VERSA 10

VERSA 110

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

DNA Extraction Applications

  • Human Blood and Saliva
  • Plant DNA and RNA Extraction/Purification
  • Soil and Environmental Samples
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Food Contamination Analysis
  • Animal Disease Detection

Frequently Asked Questions

VERSA workstations are very flexible and open systems and are compatible with almost all the DNA/RNA Extraction and Purification kits, reagents and labware in the market.

Yes, VERSA Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification workstations are equipped with a Heater-Cooler Plate and Heater-Shaker that can be used for sample incubation at temperatures from 2° – 92°C.

Yes, VERSA liquid handlers can be implemented for downstream steps such as PCR setup, master mix preparation, plate reformatting and NGS library prep.

No, all transporting between different modules is done by the plate gripper or plate transporter.

No. VERSA workstations have been validated for automating different applications and no cross-contamination issues have been observed. VERSA utilizes disposable tips to eliminate cross-contamination. Additionally, the aspirating and dispensing speed is carefully adjusted to avoid splashing or carry-over contamination. It is also equipped with a HEPA filter and UV light to keep the environment contamination-free.

No, the dispensing speed of ReagentDrop on VERSA Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction and Purification workstations is always optimized for reagents with different consistencies to avoid splashing.

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