Pipette with Confidence!

Proprietary slotted magnets harness the speed and quality of ring magnets….  Optimized for manual users.

Minimize inadvertent bead loss while improving consistency.

One magnet plate for quality separation on most 96-well microplates!

  • Slotted magnet architecture sequesters beads in two opposing arches allowing tip tracking down well walls during manual pipetting.

    Eliminate inadvertent bead aspiration

  • … works very well for manual bead clean-ups and minimizes bead loss, resulting in high yields. Bead retention on the magnet is better than with other magnet plates we have tried. It is also useful for processing low volumes.

    – Martina Werner

  • Magnets can be rotated to work by row or by column.

    Use with single channel, 8-well, or 12-well multi-channel pipettes

    Compatible with deep well microplates with bars between wells like some Nunc or Axygen plates

Key Features of the Catalyst™ 96

  • Slotted ring magnets for consistent manual pipetting
  • Sample volumes up to 2 mL & elution volumes as low as 10 μL
  • Strong ring magnets for rapid bead separation
  • Compatible with nearly all 96-well microplates & PCR strips
    • Shallow, half-deep & deep-well microplates
    • Full-, semi-, & non-skirted PCR microplates
  • Use with single channel, 8-well, or 12-well multi-channel pipettes
  • Optimized for manual pipetting, yet compatible with automation

Worried about inadvertently aspirating beads when manually pipetting?

Slotted ring magnets are the answer!

Keep pipetting the way you are used to. Proprietary slotted ring magnets concentrate magnetic beads in opposing arches near the bottom of microplate wells. This enables manual users to track pipet tips down the inside wall of the well. This reduces inadvertent bead aspiration and improves consistency while maintaining the ability to elute in as little as 10 μL.

Concern about bead aspiration is heightened when using multi-channel pipettes and when working in small or tall wells, such as in PCR- and deep well plates. The process is simplified and more robust with slotted ring magnets enabling tip tracking and more precise of aspiration. Rotate the slot direction in minutes to work in row or column format to maximize compatibility with various microtiter plate and multi- channel pipettor formats.

Use of PCR strip tubes requires the use of the PCR Strip Adaptor for optimum results.

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Catalyst™ 96 Resources

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Catalyst™ 96 FAQs

Does the Catalyst 96 contain Spring Cushion Technology?

Its does not. Catalyst magnet plates are designed for manual use.  Customer feedback indicated that the additional ‘give’ of the plate upon tips reaching the bottom of the well afforded by Spring Cushion Technology was unnecessary when using manually.

Can I use Catalyst plates for automated magnet bead separations?

Absolutely.  While the slotted ring magnet format was designed to address manual user concerns, Catalyst plates have a standard SBS footprint and are fully compatible with most robotic platforms.

Please note that Catalyst plates do not have integrated Spring Cushion Technology which is beneficial when used on robotic platforms to compensate for Z’ position variability.


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