November 2018—Qiagen and Hamilton Robotics announced a collaboration to improve processing of Qiagen’s QuantiFeron-TB Gold Plus diagnostic test through the integration of Hamilton’s Microlab Star automated liquid handling workstation into the QFT-Plus assay workflow. QFT-Plus offers a single-tube option that enables screening in large-scale programs by collecting blood samples at patient sites and transporting them to labs for processing up to 53 hours after venipuncture. Use of the Microlab Star work-station will standardize and automate the manual steps in liquid handling for those samples, which can reduce hands-on time by 50 percent or more, provide greater ease of use, and ensure consistency in preanalytic methods.
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February 2019—Qiagen launched the QIAcube Connect, the next generation of the QIAcube instrument. QIAcube Connect fully automates the lysis, bind, wash, and elute steps of the Qiagen spin columns (which can also be used manually) for DNA, RNA, and protein sample processing. It is compatible with a range of the company’s sample technologies and can be used to automate more than 80 Qiagen kits with more than 3,000 proven protocols.