The ZyGEM Portable PDQeX will be the answer for efficient and accurate DNA extraction in the field. Currently undergoing final testing, this little powerhouse will provide the capacity to extract 16 samples in 6-20 minutes depending on the sample type. At only 2.7 kg (under 6 pounds) and with USB/Bluetooth capabilities, it will be ideally suited for quick forensic DNA testing at the scene or for on-site agricultural and plant extraction. The Portable PDQeX will be released for sale in early 2018.
In early 2019, ZyGEM will release its Portable qPCR device to pair field work with the Portable PDQeX. This dual-wavelength, 16-well instrument is formatted to take off-the-shelf consumables and, like the Portable PDQeX, will be operated from a tablet or mobile phone.
MicroGEM Integrated Analytical Platforms
This family of platforms are rapid DNA instruments that will combine processes (extraction, amplification and separation), into single, small, and easy-to-use devices to minimise labour, reduce contamination risk and produce very fast results; variants of these devices will be for field use.
This field DNA analysis instrument, expected to be available for early adoption and evaluation in mid-2018, will be capable of generating a 6 loci profile in less than 60 minutes.
In mid-2017, our research partners at Otago University received NZ $6 million in funding to work jointly with ZyGEM NZ to combine the Portable PDQeX nucleic extraction instrument with a solid-state qPCR device. Like our other devices, this integrated extraction qPCR instrument will have no moving parts other than a cooling fan. Our target running time is less than 10 minutes sample to answer. Research for this instrument is well underway with the early model expected to be available by 2020.