NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Roche Diagnostics yesterday said it has integrated its LightCycler PCR instrument with Protedyne’s bench-top robotics system to help enable high-throughput PCR applications.
Roche said the companies also signed a global co-marketing agreement to offer the combined platform to their customers.
Under the collaboration, Roche’s LightCycler 480 and Protedyne’s Radius system have been integrated to provide an automated system for tailored throughput.
The LightCycler “plugs into” the Radius robot, explained Roche Diagnostics spokeswoman Doyia Turner. The robot then controls the Lightcycler and handles all of the tasks from sample prep through PCR setup.
The Radius uses Protedyne’s multiple protocol software and its SmartTools, which calibrates setting information and tracks data concerning performance.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.