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Product Watch: PrimerDesign's Genesig q16 qPCR System

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PrimerDesign this week launched the genesig q16 qPCR instrument.

With a price tag of £3,995 ($6,500), the new platform is the most affordable qPCR instrument on the market, PrimerDesign said. The system also features an "ultra-simplified user experience," a footprint of 12 cm, and solid state design that delivers completely silent operation, robustness, and excellent data quality, the company said. LED excitation coupled with a high-performance CMOS detector enables highly sensitive fluorescence measurements from all wells simultaneously in multiple colors, and an energy-efficient design enables great performance while consuming only 90W of power, the company added.

The new platform can run the PrimerDesign's catalog of more than 400 applied testing qPCR kits, including assays for infectious disease screening, food and water testing, veterinary diagnostics, and biothreat detection

The genesig q16 is a product of an OEM agreement with IT-IS Life Sciences.

"We have been seeing more and more demand for DNA testing from a broad range of users in applied settings for whom a standard laboratory instrument is too daunting and too expensive," Jim Wicks, managing director of PrimerDesign, said in a statement. "In partnership with IT-IS we have worked hard to produce a user experience that is so simple that literally anyone could use it."

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