Primerdesign announces lowest cost DNA analytics device for health,
veterinary, food and biothreat testing
28 August 2014
Southampton University spinoff Primerdesign Ltd has announced the
launch of what it claims is the world’s most affordable device for
DNA diagnostics. The genesig q16 uses real-time PCR analysis to test
DNA using a range of over 400 testing kits for four areas: human
infectious disease, veterinary, water and food, biothreat.
Priced at £3,995 ($6,500) the q16 can give results in under 2
hours, compared to days or weeks for more traditional methods. The
q16 automates post-experiment analysis and so makes qPCR easily
accessible in a variety of settings.
“By removing the greatest barriers to entry — cost and required
expertise — the q16 means that DNA testing can be made available for
everyone, everywhere” said Dr Jim Wicks, managing director of
Primerdesign. “Our main objective was to ensure that process was
accessible for everyone, with the q16 and associated genesig Easy
kits I believe that just about anyone can do Real-Time PCR”
The genesig q16 and testing kits
The machine has no moving parts, using solid state technology
that enables silent operation and high component tolerances ensure
rapid thermal-cycling rates. The company claims that in
pre-production testing the q16 performed better than all other
instruments in much higher pricing brackets.