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minicube PqPCR

Integrated sample prep and qPCR

 Combined Sample Prep and RT-qPCR in 12 minutes

The combined Sample Prep and qPCR machine is hosted in the same format as the Minicube Prep

The qPCR is facilitated in another section of the capillary allowing very rapid PCR – we have achieved 40 cycles in less than 7 minutes and we have demonstrated that the RT step can be completed in 2 minutes. Hereto, the sample prep of 1.5 min – gives you 7+2+1.5 = 10.5 min and then additional time for the melting curve to complete a full diagnostics in less than 12 minutes. 

All the above steps can be adjusted in the app for full flexibility

A typical protocol looks as follows: 

1. Insert 200 ul pipette with sample in the sample orifice

2. Press the “Play button” and the sample is sucked into the device

3. Watch the progress on the device – wait until all 16 LEDs blinks rapidly

4. Examine the results on the App

5. The sample will be internally destroyed so that no amplicons leaks out from the device.

It is possible to make a protocol and retrieve the amplicons, and one should use assays with Uracil-DNA glycosylase (UNG) protection against carry-over.

The device comes with 3 pumps a multi-valve pump with 8 ports with interface to the capillary system and 7 solutions and two peristaltic pumps – one for the sample and one for the waste solution.

The 8 port configuration of the multi-valve pump allows for 1 mastermix and 1 primer mix solution, 2 wash buffers and 1 eluation buffer, the 3 other ports are reserved – 1 for the interface to the capillary which is the pump output and the other two for the cleaning solutions for removing all molecules from the inside of the capillary.

The multivalve pump can be delivered with different configurations e.g.:

A. an extra 6,8 or 12 port valve allowing for up to 11 different primer solutions to be used.

B. an extra 6 port and additionally 5 extra pumps with 6, 8 or 12 port configuration giving maximal 5 x 11 = 55 different primer mixes

C. an extra 12 port and additionally 11 extra pumps with 6, 8 or 12 port configuration giving maximal 11 x 11 = 121 different primer mixes 


The two peristaltic pumps comes with standard tubing that needs replacement every 3 months, a tubing is available that only needs replacement every 2nd year.

We provide qPCR kits, and wash solutions and nanoparticles at very low cost, and spare fluid connector parts which also can be purchased directly from the third party suppliers.


STEP 1 : INSERT SAMPLE - USING A 10-200 ul pipette

Insert a pipette with sample into the orifice which always is clean due to the fountain overflow of buffers. 

Press the “play icon” on the device and the sample is sucked in. There is no limit in sample size but there is a limit in how big pipette tip the orifice can accept – you can ask for a customized version to take 1-10 ml pipette tips.


The machine is now purifying your sample and the progresss can be followed on the 16 LEDs – and when completed they will all start to flash very rapidly.


The app reports the qPCR results. Logarithmic curves, qT estimate for internal positive sample control and test result for the given number of targets

STEP 4 : Device is cleaning - LEDs flash randomly

The device is now cleaning wait until the LEDs stop flashing. The device is now clean and you can run another sample. The cleaning takes 1 min and 40 sec.

Get full control over the purification from the app and create novel optimized methods


The integrated sample prep and qPCR gives lots of time saving and ease of use and because of the resuable column the costs is low.

Flexibility and optimization

The Minicube PqPCR machine can run with most bead-based assays – we can optimize your assay and deliver the protocols for you so that your assay runs perfectly on the Minicube PqPCR.

accuracy & Precision

The temperature control matches that of the Minicube PCR with 20 milli-kelvin accuracy and 5 milli-kelvin precision using NIST calibrated PT1000 sensors for temperature monitoring

Calibrated precision and accuracy

The machine is calibrated and deliver a high accuracy and precision in the protocols giving you the same results over and over 



With heating rate of 40°C/sec and cooling rate of 20°C/sec you get the fastest speed in the market. 40 cycles can be completed in less than 7 minutes

Higher Speed

We have have shown we can press the system to deliver 40 cycles in 5 minutes, but this is a customized version since it is less mechanical robust. Please inquire if you need the speed

Customized versions available


The standard version comes with 6 ports. Three of these are used for an output port to the capillary and two for the cleaning that removes all molecular traces. This leaves 3 ports for a typical RNA/DNA extraction with “Wash 1”, “Wash 2” and “Eluation buffer”

More ports on the Multi-Valve Syringe Pump

The multi-valve syringe pump can be expanded to 8 or 12 ports giving access to make much more complicated wash protocols


The standard version runs integrated sample prep and qPCR

Option for ELISA type of assays

We can modify the system to run ELISA type of assays – please make inquiry

Number of Channels

The device comes with two color lines

ROX (carboxy-X-rhodamine) – excitation 578
ROX (carboxy-X-rhodamine) – emission 604

FAM (Carboxyfluorescein) – excitation 493
FAM (Carboxyfluorescein) – emission 517

Option for more channels

If you want to have a 3 to 6 optical channels

 please make inquiry

The Minicube app
The Minicube app

Get full control with the intuitive app

The powerful yet intuitive app gives you full control of your experiments from anywhere and accelerates every step of your sample prep research. Shortening time between getting started and obtaining great results.


Access and control your Minicube PqPCR with the intuitive iPad app. From the powerful and user friendly interface, you can easily plan and setup protocols, control multiple devices at the same time 


The app works both online and off, and connects to your Minicube PqPCR 

via wifi or Bluetooth, allowing you full flexibility.

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