High throughput Nucleic acid extraction during the Pandemic is no more a burden in Sri Lanka

The first state of the art epMotion fully automated nucleic acid extraction system was successfully
installed at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital. The Eppendorf epMotion 5075t automated liquid handling
system includes an integrated Eppendorf ThermoMixer® module to mix, heat or cool samples and
reagents. The module can be loaded and unloaded with the gripper and pipetting to the mixer is possible
before and after mixing steps. The Eppendorf ThermoMixer module is fully software controlled enabling
pipetting onto other worktable positions while the mixer is in operation.
This system has been configured to handle 96 to 192 samples in one run. The installed epMotion platform
uses Promega magnetic bead chemistries for the total nucleic acid extraction from variety of samples.
Eppendorf epMotion system is ideal for sample preparation for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) that
involves extensive manual processing and that can be subject to human error. Eppendorf epMotion Liquid
Handling systems are important tools for labs that want to significantly increase throughput and
consistency of results. The automation of labor-intensive steps in NGS sample prep, like pipetting,
mixing, temperature control and magnetic separation brings about a standardized and streamlined process,
with significantly reduced hands-on time and minimization of human errors.
The Sri Lankan sole representative of Eppendorf and Promega, Avon has been able to secure the
automation products and consumables for Sri Lanka amidst the unprecedented demand in the world for
these two key brands. Avon has been the only company enriched with the required technology expertise
and support services in the country for such an instant demand biotechnology with the vision of “inspiring
science community”
For inquiries, please write to info@avonpclk.com

January 2021

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Dilip Fernando

Dilip has been an employee of Avon for over a decade and plays an indispensable role in management.