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Siemens Healthineers Fast Track Cycler, FastFinder Software

Fast Track Diagnostics, a Siemens Healthineers company, launched the Fast Track Cycler molecular testing platform and complementary FastFinder software at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 

The Fast Track cycler, for research use only, is a compact thermocycler weighing about 2 kg and measuring about 150mm3. It uses magnetic induction technology and does not require calibration. It also is equipped with Fast Track lyophilized PCR reagents, enabling users to simply add nucleic acid extracts to prepared tubes before placing them in the cycler. Up to 10 thermocyclers can be connected to one computer, and labs can use a range of one to 480 wells.

The FastFinder software, developed in collaboration with UgenTec, is a fully automated, CE IVD-marked real-time PCR interpretation platform compatible with all Fast Track multiplexed PCR kits. The software allows users to fully automate and standardize analysis of kits on the Thermo Fisher Scientific ABI 7500 and Roche LightCycler 480 PCR platforms. The software features statistical machine learning to accurately analyze all amplications curves, automatically recombining the results and processing them through an assay-specific decision tree to product a final result.

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