Automated PCR Reaction Setup Workstation

Automated liquid handling System

Automated PCR Reaction Setup Workstation

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 offers ultimate flexibility while being compatible with many PCR and qPCR 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 neighboring decks. Scientists benefit from increased throughput, reproducibility and walk-away time.

We have relied on the Versa 1100 PCR for over two years as a key component to the development of innovative solutions for industrial water processes. The accurate and versatile liquid handling instrument is complemented by a responsive and resourceful customer service team to ensure our results can keep our customers operating at peak performance.

          —Pulp & Paper RD&E, Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company

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Independently Validated

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

Download the checkerboard validation to see how the VERSA automated PCR 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 the successful deployment of a small-footprint, ultrafast, automatable solution for qPCR assays utilizing the VERSA 10 automated PCR Setup workstation.

automated qPCR Setup validation

Validation of Real-Time PCR Setup using cDNA from two Genes of Trout Fish

Download the Validation poster to see how VERSA 10 automated PCR workstations are used for Real-Time PCR Setup using cDNA from two Genes of Trout Fish.

Real-time PCR setup using cDNA from two Genes of Trout Fish

Modules Tailored to Your Automated PCR / RT-PCR Protocols


GeneDisc Adaptor Ring

Beckman Coulter™

Advalytix Amplislide Adaptor

Reagent drop for automated Liquid handling


draws reagents directly  from the reservoirs

Plate Transporter

enables more flexibility than slider systems


Reagent Block Cooler

preserves  dNTPs and enzymes

8-channel-pipette head

8 Chanel Pipetting Head

with single channel function

  • Highly accurate air-displacement technology increases reproducibility
  • Accurate preparation of PCR/qPCR master-mix
  • 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 Automated PCR Setup System Compatibility

Automated liquid handling System

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 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

*Could be upgraded to Shaker-Heater-Magnet Elevator


  • 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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