Thermo Fisher debuts KingFisher Apex sample purification system

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

Thermo Fisher Scientific launched its new KingFisher Apex Purification System, a high-throughput sample purification instrument designed to automate the extraction of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cells from an array of sample types.

The KingFisher Apex enables nucleic acid, protein, and cell isolation while also allowing users to customize protocols directly from the instrument. The system can process 24 to 96 samples in 25 to 65 minutes and elutes in low volumes (10 µL) for demanding downstream applications.

The system features a touchscreen and is enabled with heating and cooling controls, dual ultraviolet (UV) lights, cloud-enabled access, and dual magnets to support small and large volume ranges.

"Building on decades of product expertise, the KingFisher Apex combines unparalleled instrument capabilities into one platform, filling a gap where existing solutions include either large, complicated, high-cost instruments or low-throughput solutions that don't meet the processing needs of many labs," said Jeff Journey, vice president and general manager of sample preparation at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The new system can be used in combination with any of the Applied Biosciences MagMax isolation kits, as well as with Invitrogen Dynabeads magnetic separation products.

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