Agencourt Bioscience Corporation And Beckman Coulter, Inc. Release: New System Automates Nucleic Acid Extraction From FFPE Tissue Samples

Published: Jul 10, 2006

Beckman Coulter introduces the Agencourt® FormaPure™ system, for fast extraction of DNA and RNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples. Time-consuming and laborious nucleic acid extraction procedures have been a roadblock to the study of millions of FFPE samples currently archived at research facilities and cancer centers. The Agencourt FormaPure system can be automated on the Beckman Coulter Biomek® NX Span-8 Laboratory Automation Workstation to process 96 samples in just four hours (including the paraffin digestion step), with significantly higher yields than other methods. Agencourt FormaPure incorporates the patented Agencourt SPRI® (Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization) paramagnetic bead-based nucleic acid purification technology, and does not require organic solvents, vacuum filtration or centrifugation steps. This scalable system enables the researcher to process a few to hundreds of samples per day.

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