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Automation Solutions and Services to Aid Critical Coronavirus Testing

Hamilton announces automated coronavirus (COVID-19) testing workstations and priority fast tracking for any orders related to combating the viral pandemic

by Hamilton Robotics
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RENO, NEVADA, USA AND BONADUZ, SWITZERLAND —  Today (Mar. 17), Hamilton Company announces multiple automation-related initiatives to aid health care workers and researchers as they battle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Two new automated assay-ready workstations, based on the Company’s Microlab® STARlet liquid handling workstation, facilitate rapid, high-throughput diagnostic and research-based testing of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the novel COVID-19.

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  • The MagEx STARlet assay ready workstation enables high-throughput magnetic bead-based RNA extraction of biological samples
  • The PCR Prep STARlet assay ready workstation is pre-configured and qualified to automate high-throughput pre-PCR sample setup using the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols
Two new automated assay-ready workstations, based on Hamilton Robotics' Microlab® STARlet liquid handling workstation, facilitate rapid, high-throughput diagnostic and research-based testing of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the novel COVID-19.
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Both assay-ready workstations are designed to work with any provider’s assay chemistry, including those intended for qualitative detection of the coronavirus. Once the coronavirus situation stabilizes, the assay ready workstations may be repurposed to provide multi-faceted efficiencies to any number of assay workflows.

The MagEx STARlet and PCR Prep STARlet add to the existing portfolio of assay ready workstations specifically designed to automate molecular biology workflows and viral testing. Other workstations in the family include the NIMBUS® Presto, which integrates the Thermo Scientific™ King Fisher™ Presto purification system for hands-free, high throughput nucleic acid extraction, and the RT STARlet, which is a walkaway solution for real-time PCR sample preparation and detection.   

Finally, the company will prioritize all incoming orders related to the fight against the coronavirus. Rapid delivery of hardware, software, accessories, and consumables is available from the company’s manufacturing locations in Reno, Nevada, USA and Bonaduz, Switzerland. Fast-tracked order processing and delivery are meant to reduce or eliminate testing delays due to delivery lag times throughout the United States and Europe, where coronavirus testing demands are particularly high.

"Our support of the health care community and researchers working to identify, treat, and contain the coronaviruses is our prime priority," said Steve Hamilton, president and CEO of Hamilton Company.

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About Hamilton Robotics

Hamilton Robotics, an affiliate of Hamilton Company, is a leading global manufacturer providing automated liquid handling workstations and laboratory automation technology to the scientific community. With a focus on innovative design, Hamilton products incorporate patented liquid handling technologies into a portfolio that includes liquid handling platforms, standard application-based solutions, small devices, consumables, and OEM liquid handling solutions. Known for advancing life science, clinical diagnostics, forensics and biotechnology industries, Hamilton products offer reliability, performance, and flexibility. Ensuring a continuous commitment to quality, Hamilton utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing at production facilities in Reno, Nevada and Bonaduz, Switzerland, and has earned a global ISO 9001 certification. Privately held, Hamilton maintains headquarters in Reno, Nevada; Franklin, Massachusetts; and Bonaduz, Switzerland, along with subsidiary offices throughout the world.

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