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Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction Systems

Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction Systems

NEW APPLICATION NOTE: Automating COVID-19 Viral RNA Extraction

Automation of COVID-19 RNA purification using HALO Mag nucleic acid extraction kit on VERSA 10

Aurora has developed the VERSA NAP Automated DNA Extraction systems (sometimes referred to as automated nucleic acid extraction system) to efficiently automate DNA extractions, RNA extractions, and their related purification protocols. The Magnetic Beads Vortex ensures homogeneous magnetic bead suspension and distribution to maximize DNA yields. The combination of ReagentDrop bulk reagent dispensing module and 96-tip Aspirator offers fast and efficient bead washing while saving pipette tips and reducing processing times. Unlike slider systems that limit plate movement between two neighbouring decks, Aurora’s automated Nucleic Acid Purification and Extraction systems feature plate Grippers and Transporters that enable more flexibility in tailoring different protocols.

  • Increase sample throughput
  • High nucleic acid yields
  • Isolate pure, high-quality DNA or RNA
  • Process 1-96 samples per run

The VERSA NAP automated DNA/RNA Extraction systems are compatible with various commercial kits, reagents, and labware. VERSA enables you to keep using the products that you have confidence in or update workflows as new, innovative kits and consumable become available.

Automated DNA/RNA Extraction Applications

  • Human Blood and Saliva
  • Plant DNA and RNA Extraction/Purification
  • Soil and Environmental Samples
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Automated Viral RNA Extraction for SARS-CoV-2
  • Food Contamination Analysis
  • Animal Disease Detection

Streamline Your COVID-19 Diagnostic Workflow

Aurora’s VERSA automated RNA extraction machine offers a fully automated solution to streamline magnetic beads based viral RNA extraction and PCR reaction setup. VERSA 10 and VERSA 1100 are compatible with most of the commercially available reagent kits as well as in-house developed chemistries. Trusted by many healthcare professionals, VERSA RNA extraction machine has been playing an important role in helping to expand testing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us to learn more about Aurora’s automated detection solution for COVID-19.

Specification VERSA 10VERSA 110VERSA 1100
Deck Capacity6815
Pipetting Head
(Single Channel Function, Disposable Tip)
4 or 8 channelSingle channel (Dual syringe pump)8 or 96 channel or 4 channel with independent Z-axis
ReagentDropN/A4 channels8 channels
96-Tip AspiratorN/AOptional1
Temperature Regulation Block114
Reagent Cooling Block111
Plate Shaker111
Magnetic Block111
Gripper / Plate TransporterPlate TransporterPlate TransporterGripper
Liquid Level SensingOptionalOptionalOptional
HEPA / UV / LED EnclosureOptionalOptionalIncluded
Width x Depth x Height (cm)65 x 43 x 5260 x 60 x 4598.5 x 75.2 x 108.2
Weight (kg)2735200

Automation of COVID-19 RNA purification using HALO™ Mag nucleic acid extraction kit on VERSA 10

Application note of VERSA 10 automated viral RNA extraction workstation for COVID-19 sample preparation from a hospital user in Minsk, Belarus.

automated rna extraction application note

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.

Validation of MO BIO's PowerMag Soil DNA Isolation Kit on the Automated Liquid Handling VERSA Automated DNA / RNA Extraction Workstation

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) VERSA Automated DNA / RNA Extraction Workstation

Validation of AB Magpure Blood DNA Isolation kit on the VERSA Automated DNA Extraction System

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

AB Magpure Blood DNA Isolation kit VERSA Automated DNA / RNA Extraction Workstation

Modules Tailored to Your Automated DNA/RNA Extraction and Purification Protocols


Magnetic Bead Vortex

ensures homogeneous bead suspension



draws reagents from their reservoir  directly

Current Gripper


moves sample plates between different deck positions

96 Tip Aspirator

increases efficiency and speed while reducing tip costs

Heater Shaker with PCR plate


allows efficient sample processing

New Round Bottom Magnet Plate

Magnetic Block

pulls down magnetic beads for DNA/RNA extraction

  • 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


What kits can be used with VERSA NAP Automated DNA / RNA Extraction and Purification workstations?

VERSA workstations are very flexible and open systems and are compatible with almost all commercially available extraction and purification kits, extracting DNA from different types of biological samples.

What nucleic acid extraction methods does VERSA support?

VERSA workstations can extract DNA/RNA by both magnetic beads and spin column based methods. Phenol-chloroform extraction is also available on VERSA.

Can samples be incubated directly on the VERSA deck?

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 4° – 90°C.

Can VERSA be used to do any downstream applications such as PCR setup?

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

Do plates need to be manually transported between the shaking module and magnetic block?

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

Is there any chance of cross-contamination?

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.

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