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INTEGRA pipettes simplify PCR testing for COVID-19

publication date: Jun 23, 2022
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author/source: INTEGRA Biosciences AG

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INTEGRA pipettes – the obvious choice for start-up PCR labs 

Matrix Diagnostics – a dedicated COVID-19 testing lab in California – is relying on INTEGRA Biosciences’ EVOLVE and MINI 96 pipettes to streamline and accelerate its PCR workflows.

Founded in January 2021 to meet the growing demand for testing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matrix Diagnostics is using these user-friendly and cost-effective solutions to test up to 5000 samples a day. Lab Manager Fady Ettnas explained: “We work with schools and workplaces to deliver regular PCR testing as a part of their gradual reopening after the pandemic. Our protocols involve a range of repetitive pipetting steps – including mixing reagents and serial dilutions – for thousands of samples a day, which has the potential to be a cumbersome and error-prone task. We therefore chose INTEGRA’s EVOLVE manual pipettes and MINI 96 portable electronic pipettes to improve the reproducibility and productivity of our workflows.”

“We have a number of single channel EVOLVE pipettes covering volumes ranging from 0.2 to 5000 µl – as well as 8, 12, and 16 channel models – which are ergonomic and allow you to set volumes in a flash. The unique design of INTEGRA’s GripTips also means that they never leak or fall off, avoiding cross-contamination and maintaining sterility. We also use the MINI 96 extensively, which is especially well suited to PCR set-up. It saves a lot of time and effort – around 15 minutes per cycle – for performing the wash steps. And because we run more than 25 cycles every day, this is a huge saving. As the demand for COVID-19 testing decreases, we plan to expand our offering to include other tests – including sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections and flu – and plan to automate our workflow using an ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot. It is a perfect and affordable solution for our needs, and INTEGRA’s customer service is quick, responsive and helpful.”

Visit the INTEGRA Biosciences website to learn more.

 

About INTEGRA Biosciences

INTEGRA Biosciences is a leading provider of high-quality laboratory tools and consumables for liquid handling and media preparation. The company is committed to creating innovative solutions which fulfil the needs of its customers in research, diagnostics and quality control within the life sciences markets and medical sector. Today, INTEGRA innovative laboratory products are widely used all around the world. More than 100 distribution partners form a worldwide sales network providing responsive and competent services to customers. These distribution partners are supported by a highly motivated and experienced team of specialists at the company headquarters in Zizers, Switzerland and Hudson, NH, USA. INTEGRA is an ISO 9001 certified company.

 

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