• Optimising liquid handling for NGS-based laboratory developed tests
    firefly all-in-one genomics liquid handling platform to streamline NGS library preparation in LDTs

Liquid Handling

Optimising liquid handling for NGS-based laboratory developed tests

Jan 29 2024

SPT Labtech, a global leader in automated life science instrumentation, has introduced significant upgrades to its firefly® genomics liquid handling platform, catering specifically to the demands of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) involved in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) library preparation.

Launched in February 2022, the firefly platform has been instrumental in revolutionising NGS library preparation for genomics researchers. By consolidating precise pipetting, non-contact reagent dispensing, shaking, and incubating into a compact benchtop design, firefly automates repetitive liquid handling tasks, elevating laboratory throughput and enhancing the quality of output data.

Key to its efficiency is the integrated positive displacement non-contact dispensing capability, requiring significantly less reagent dead volume compared to competing automation solutions. The firefly platform not only ensures fast and accurate liquid handling but also provides access to SPT Labtech's dedicated reliance® service and support team for sustained high-throughput operations and assistance in new protocol development.

Recognising the critical needs of clinical laboratories offering LDTs, firefly's recent enhancements focus on delivering rapid setup, minimised downtime, versatility, robustness, and a user-friendly, consistent operation. Some noteworthy features include a compact design that maximises functionality while conserving premium footprint, user access control with individual accounts and set privileges, easy-to-use protocol creation through an intuitive visual interface, and open-access software that supports unrestricted versions and compatibility with any computer.

These upgrades come at a crucial time, addressing the escalating complexity of LDTs and alleviating the heightened operational burden they impose. Laboratories adopting firefly benefit not only from advanced liquid handling capabilities but also from a holistic solution designed to meet the stringent demands of regulated environments.

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