Molecular Devices QPix 400 Series Microbial Colony Pickers
Molecular Devices’ QPix 400 Series Microbial Colony Pickers are designed to fully automate synthetic biology workflows for DNA assembly, antibody discovery and protein engineering.
Synthetic biology is a broad term that refers to the manipulation of metabolic pathways to force microbes to perform a specific biological action (often to over-manufacture molecules or proteins). Sometimes, individual genes are manipulated. Other times, entire organisms are modified for desired characteristics.
Using engineering principles to design and construct biological material, the process often requires screening and picking colonies of interest. Traditionally, colony picking is performed manually using sterile pipette tips or inoculation loops, which are usually slow, labour-intensive and time-consuming. Synthetic biology research can therefore benefit from the flexibility and throughput of an automated colony picker.
The QPix 400 Series combines intelligent image analysis with precise automation for fast and efficient screening of large libraries. Consisting of its own sterile environment with customisable HEPA ﬁltration options and with a variety of assay tools — including organism specific picking pins, liquid handling and optional fluorescence screening — the colony pickers can automate several sample preparation and plate handling processes, such as transfer of bacterial liquid culture and plating on agar, streamlining workﬂow.
The series delivers a picking efficiency of >98% and picks up to 30,000 colonies per day, allowing laboratories to spend more time focusing on expanding scientific research.
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