This week at MEDICA2009 in Düsseldorf, Enigma Diagnostics out of Wiltshire, UK is unveiling its new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) apparatus. The Enigma ML provides almost fool proof testing using single disposable reagent cartridges, and can be expanded to run multiple PCR tests in parallel using one control unit.
The Enigma ML has a modular, easily scalable architecture providing flexibility and choice in different healthcare settings. At entry level with a single processing module it is a compact, portable, inexpensive instrument ideally suited to settings where usage is lower and space is a premium e.g. in the doctor’s office, pharmacy or intensive care unit. At the other end of the scale, multiple processing modules can be controlled by a single master unit allowing random-access, parallel running of different samples and tests.
It incorporates a clever, disposable cartridge which can accommodate either liquid or swab samples without any requirements for manual processing. All reagents and sample preparation tools are held on the self-contained cartridge and all steps are automated, minimising the risk of human error. The instrument also has a simple to use touch-screen for data entry and result reporting, plus an integrated label printer.
The system can perform multiplex, real-time PCR assays for both DNA and RNA targets.
Fully automated real-time PCR system rapid test (30 ~ 45 minutes to result) multi-sample and scalable accepts swabs and liquids (e.g. urine, blood plasma) integrated sample preparation and analysis low system price small footprint (no specialist skills or cold storage requirements)