Solid-Core Ring Magnets in the 96-well Magnum FLX Enable 4.5x Faster Nucleic Acid Isolation

Alpaqua Engineering, LLC, a provider of genomic tools and solutions, announces today the release of the Magnum FLX™ Enhanced Universal Magnet Plate, the most recent addition to its comprehensive line of magnet plates used in magnetic bead-based, nucleic acid isolation applications such as next generation sequencing (NGS), DNA and RNA extraction, sequencing and PCR clean up, and exome capture.

The Magnum FLX magnet plate contains new, proprietary solid-core ring magnets (patent pending) for increased speed and performance when compared with standard ring magnets.  The unique geometry of the solid-core magnets facilitates rapid separation of all sample volumes and low volume nucleic acid elution.  These capabilities are complemented by universal compatibility with all commonly used 96-well microplates and robotic platforms.   Like all Alpaqua magnet plates, the Magnum FLX magnet plate contains integrated spring cushion technology* for improved automated pipetting consistency and sample recovery.

“We have taken the capabilities of all our individual 96-well magnet plates and combined them in the Magnum FLX plate.  No other single magnet plate enables rapid separation of samples up to 2 milliliter (mL) in volume and elution in as little as 10 microliters (µl),” says Olaf Stelling, Alpaqua’s Founder.  “The universal nature of the Magnum FLX magnet plate and high level of performance provide for better results while directly translating into time and cost saving for our clients.”

Alpaqua will be highlighting the Magnum FLX magnet plate at the 2014 American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Meeting being held October 18-22 in San Diego,CA .  Alpaqua scientists will be available at Booth #720 to demonstrate the capabilities of this plate as well as discuss the time and cost savings enabled by incorporating this plate into genomic workflows.

About Alpaqua

Alpaqua Engineering, founded in 2006, is a global provider of tools and solutions for accelerating genomic discovery with headquarters in Beverly, Massachusetts.  The company offers quality products that facilitate genomic applications such as next generation sequencing (NGS), nucleic acid extraction and cleanup, exome capture, and molecular diagnostics.  Alpaqua’s portfolio of products include innovative, high performance magnet plates containing patented* spring cushion technology, temperature blocks, SBS tube racks, Alpillo® microplate holders, and other automation accessories.  * Spring cushion technology is covered by US Patent 6,755,384.  For more information, please visit

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