US-based medical equipment company Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced new sample preparation solutions to simplify and automate respiratory diagnostic testing.

The company rolled out Thermo Scientific KingFisher Apex Dx, an automated nucleic acid purification instrument.

It has also introduced Applied Biosystems MagMAX Dx Viral/Pathogen NA Isolation Kit for the isolation and purification of viral and bacterial pathogens from respiratory biological specimens.

The two products will provide laboratories with in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) and in-vitro diagnostic regulation (IVD-R) approved automated sample preparation solutions, said the company.

Thermo Fisher Scientific sample preparation vice president and general manager Ellie Mahjubi said: “The KingFisher Apex Dx system builds on decades of product expertise and innovation customers have come to trust in our KingFisher instrument line.

“The combination of the Apex Dx system and the MagMAX Dx Viral/Pathogen NA Isolation Kit further simplifies sample preparation for clinical labs so they can have confidence in downstream results when testing for respiratory diseases.”

The high-throughput KingFisher Apex Dx system enables clinical laboratories that perform respiratory testing to generate high-quality results.

The diagnostic test facilitates labs to recover quality nucleic acids for sensitive downstream applications with maximum consistency, reproducibility, and reliability.

It is designed to be a part of a modular sample preparation for real-time PCR analysis workflow to provide accurate results, data management, and security features.

The MagMAX Dx Viral/Pathogen NA Isolation kit is designed to facilitate advanced formulation to get reproducible results and is compatible with the KingFisher Apex Dx automation system.

KingFisher Apex Dx automates the extraction of up to 24 or 96 DNA, RNA, protein, or cell samples and transitions, and is offered in research use only (RUO) and IVD software modes.

It can be integrated with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) or Laboratory Information System (LIS) through Diomni Enterprise Software.

The isolation kit will maximise nucleic acid yield from routine respiratory pathogens such as S. aureus, M. tuberculosis, influenza, RSV, and SARS-CoV-2, said the medical device company.