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Portable PCR Molecular Analyzer Delivers Time-Critical Results in Near-Patient Setting

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 24 Mar 2023
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Image: The Genomadix Cube can go places where access to diagnostic testing may have previously been limited (Photo courtesy of Genomadix)
Image: The Genomadix Cube can go places where access to diagnostic testing may have previously been limited (Photo courtesy of Genomadix)

Conventional laboratory-based tests may require several days or weeks to generate results. Now, a fast, accurate, and portable DNA analyzer goes from sample to result in approximately an hour, making results more accessible.

The Genomadix Cube from Genomadix (Ottawa, Canada) is a portable molecular analyzer that employs the gold standard Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique, delivering accurate outcomes without the need for a full-service laboratory. This decentralized testing option is particularly useful for remote industries and communities where access to a complete lab is limited. The PCR molecular diagnostic instrument generates top-quality results outside of a lab setting and is capable of testing for genetic, infectious disease, and environmental targets on a sample-to-result platform.

Collected samples are placed into a disposable DNA test cartridge, which is then inserted into the analyzer. Once inside, the cartridge extracts the DNA/RNA and produces millions of copies using the PCR process. An optical system detects the amplified fluorescence, and algorithms automatically generate a test outcome. The analyzer's portability, user-friendliness, and real-time processing capabilities allow for the swift generation of critical results.

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