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publication date: Sep 9, 2020
author/source: INTEGRA Biosciences AG


Researchers in the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel are using INTEGRA’s VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing electronic pipette to increase the efficiency of their workflows and reduce pipetting errors.

Korcan Ayata is a member of the gastroenterology group – led by Prof. Dr Jan Niess – which focuses on researching mucosal immunology and gastroenterology. The group is interested in the role of immune cells in inflammatory conditions, studying how monocytes enter the tissue and differentiate into macrophages to have pro- or anti-inflammatory effects during the disease course.

The group’s normal workflow involves extracting RNA from samples and converting it to cDNA, before conducting qPCR, or running ELISAs for serum samples. Korcan explained: “Our work involves transferring lots of samples between different well formats and, previously, we were conducting this work with single channel pipettes, which was a laborious and error-prone process. We mainly use the VOYAGER in qPCR setup to transfer samples from 1.5 ml tubes to eight tube strips, and then to 384 well qPCR plates. The repeat dispensing function is really beneficial too, allowing us to distribute different qPCR master mix solutions from 1.5 ml tubes to 384 well plates. We’re also using the VOYAGER in cell culture and ELISA applications, for the addition of reagents from 1.5 and 2 ml tubes to 24, 48 and 96 well plates, plus the transfer of samples between different plate formats. The VOYAGER saves us a huge amount of time compared to using manual pipettes, and our throughput has significantly increased since using it – it really helps to accelerate our research.”

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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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