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VERSANT kPCR Molecular SystemBoosting productivity for respiratory testing.

Molecular laboratories are facing a significant increase in testing for respiratory pathogens due to the COVID-19 global health crisis. Increased testing demands require flexible and automated platforms to enable laboratories to meet respiratory testing needs during the pandemic as well as for routine testing and testing during the flu season.

The VERSANT® kPCR Molecular System1 for PCR testing provides true molecular testing versatility. The VERSANT kPCR Molecular System, delivering accurate and reliable results with maximum productivity and flexibility, enables molecular laboratories to meet emerging challenges as well as routine needs in molecular diagnostic testing.

The VERSANT kPCR Molecular System, along with the VERSANT Sample Preparation 1.0 Reagents Kit, has been validated for use with the FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay.2 This total solution has been demonstrated to have one of the lowest limits of detection (LoD; sensitivity) when compared to other COVID-19 PCR tests.3

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Features & Benefits

The VERSANT® kPCR Molecular System comprises two separate benchtop instruments, each with a separate PC workstation:

  • The VERSANT kPCR Molecular System SP1 for sample extraction and PCR plate setup
  • The VERSANT kPCR Molecular System AD1,4 for PCR cycling and results analysis and reporting

This design allows for the efficient use of laboratory space, as the instruments can be configured for either one- or two-room operations.

VERSANT kPCR Molecular System SP

Automated extraction of high-quality nucleic acids from specimens

  • When used with the VERSANT Sample Preparation 1.0 Reagents Kit, the VERSANT kPCR Molecular System SP isolates RNA and DNA from a wide variety of respiratory specimen types, including nasal swabs, nasopharyngeal swabs, oropharyngeal swabs, nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate, or nasal aspirate as well as bronchoalveolar lavage.
  • The system also accommodates specimen types such as plasma, serum, urine, and stool.
  • A universal extraction protocol and reagents allow the combination of different sample types in a single batch run.
  • Run capacity ranges from 1 to 96 samples per batch.

Optimized workflow options

  • The system offers six extraction protocols with varying sample input and eluate output volumes.
  • A validated Dynamic Assay Preparation (DAP) protocol for the FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay combines extraction and PCR plate setup.
  • Open DAP protocols are available for laboratory-developed and third-party assays.5
  • Eluate splitting, instead of sample splitting, delivers a standardized eluate for use in multiple assays, with up to six PCR master mixes from a single specimen on one PCR plate.
  • Eluate storage option saves the eluates on a separate PCR plate for further testing (e.g., for reflex testing).
  • Stand-alone automated PCR plate setup from the eluate storage plate is also available.

Accurate sample identification

  • System tracks sample ID from primary tube to result.
  • Instrument sample carriers are compatible with a variety of primary sample tube types and sizes.

Efficient performance with built-in contamination controls

  • Air displacement pipetting (ADP)
  • Disposable, filtered pipette tips
  • CO-RE tip technology (compressed O-ring expansion)
  • Accurate liquid delivery with unique total aspiration and dispense monitoring (TADM) technology
  • Anti-droplet control (ADC)

‡ CO-RE, TADM, and ADC are patented, proprietary technologies of Hamilton Company.

  • Decoupled, six-color filter set that supports a variety of dyes:
    • FAM
    • SYBR Green
    • VIC
    • ABY
    • NED
    • TAMRA
    • JUN
    • ROX
    • Cy5
  • Supports custom dyes that excite between 455–672 nm and emit between 505–723 nm.6
  • Six programmable VeriFlex Zones provide independent temperature zones for enhanced functionality and precise control over the real-time PCR.
  • Software options for PCR run preparation and execution, data analysis, and reporting: VERSANT MiPLX Software Solution or QS5 DX software 

Technical Specifications


1.4 m2 (16 ft2)


96 reactions per run

Daily Maintenance

About 8 minutes (automated maintenance)

Hands-on time

Up to 30 minutes per run of 96 reactions

Turnaround time

5 hours, 30 minutes per run of 96 reactions


Accommodates Siemens Healthineers and third-party assays as well as LDTs


924 mm H x 1254 mm W x 1043 mm D (36 in. H x 49 in. W x 41 in. D) (with loading tray and carriers)


155 kg (342 Ib)

System Power 

200–240 V, 50/60 Hz ±5%; 100–120 V, 50/60 Hz ±5%


18–30°C; 30–80% relative humidity, noncondensing; 0–2000 m altitude

External UPS System

100–120 VAC, 1000 VA; 200–240 VAC, 1500 VA



381 mm H × 140 mm W × 330 mm D (15 in. H × 5.5 in. W × 13 in. D)


12 kg (26 lb)


17 in. diagonal; footprint is a 230 mm (9 in.) diameter circle


100–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz ±5%, 600 VA

Operating system



50 cm x 27 cm x 40 cm (19.7 in. x 10.6 in. x 15.75 in.)


19.96 kg (44 lbs)

System Power 

100–240 VAC ±10%, 50/60 Hz; 10 A, 960 W rated input power


18–30°C; 30–80% relative humidity, noncondensing; 0–2000 m altitude

External UPS

120 VAC, 20 A; 220–240 VAC, 10 A; 50/60 Hz



38 cm x 14 cm x 33 cm (15 in. x 5.5 in. x 13 in.)


12 kg (26 lb)


100–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Operating system