Designed and built for researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratories and
UCLA, the BioCel PCR Viral Genotyping System provides rapid, reliable, and
efficient automated genetic sequencing of viruses. The new system is shown
to automatically sequence 40 RNA samples across 192 genes in just 11 hours.
Using Agilent VWorks dynamic scheduling software, the system can sequence a
minimum of 10,000 influenza viruses per year. In situations where viral
outbreak reaches pandemic proportions, the throughput of the system can be
doubled by running two shifts per day.
The BioCel System used in this application, comprising a variety of Agilent
liquid handling options and third party devices including thermal cyclers,
incubators, and plate storage devices, was a dual robot system designed to
optimally address the two steps of the PCR workflow. One side of the dual
robot system was for reaction preparation and clean-up, the other side for
running the actual PCR reaction. The system can be extended to address other
components of the workflow including the upstream nucleic acid extraction
Agilent Technologies is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. Agilent has two primary business segments: Bio-Analytical Measurement and Electronic Measurement. The company has 19,600 employees and serves customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had revenue of $5.8B in fiscal year 2008.