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VERSANT kPCR Molecular System

Boosting productivity for respiratory testing.

Molecular laboratories are facing a significant increase in testing for respiratory pathogens as a result of the COVID-19 global health crisis. These increased demands require flexible automated platforms to enable them to meet the respiratory testing needs during the pandemic as well as during the flu season.

The VERSANT® kPCR Molecular System* with the MiPLX Software Solution for PCR-based 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 system is comprised of two bench-top instruments that provide flexible instrument configurations and use of laboratory space while enabling efficient operations:

  • The VERSANT kPCR Molecular System SP for sample extraction and PCR plate setup
  • The VERSANT kPCR Molecular System AD for PCR cycling 
View the VERSANT kPCR Molecular System Whitepaper! (pdf)

Features & Benefits

VERSANT kPCR Molecular System SP

Automated extraction of nucleic acids from specimens

  • Multiple sample types per run
  • Universal reagent kit for the isolation of RNA and DNA from a wide variety of specimen types
  • Flexible run size of 1 to 96 samples with short turnaround times

Multiplex testing

  • Automated PCR setup for Siemens Healthineers assays as well as laboratory-developed and third-party assays**
  • Eluate splitting, instead of sample splitting, for standardized eluate for use in multiple assays from a single specimen

Versatile protocols

  • Open protocols enable consolidation of the Siemens Healthineers assay menu with laboratory-developed and third-party assays on a single platform**

Efficient performance

  • Accurate liquid delivery with unique total aspiration and dispense monitoring (TADM) technology
  • Anti-droplet control (ADC)

Accurate sample identification

  • System tracks sample/patient ID from primary tube to result
  • Primary-tube sampling supports multiple tube sizes

Quality contamination control

  • Air displacement pipetting (ADP)
  • Disposable, filtered pipette tips
  • CO-RE tip technology (compressed O-ring expansion)

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

  • De-coupled six-color filter set that supports a variety of dyes
    • FAM™
    • SYBR Green™
    • VIC™
    • ABY™
    • NED™
    • TAMRA™
    • JUN™
    • ROX™
    • Cy®5
  • Supports custom dyes that excite between 455–672 nm and emit between 505–723 nm****
  • Six programmable VeriFlex™ Zones provide independent temperature zones for enhanced functionality and precise control over the real-time PCR
  • VERSANT kPCR MiPLX AD Software and QS5 DX software options


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


Flexible and accommodates Siemens assays as well as third-party and 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 Requirements

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

Integrated Computer

Microsoft Windows operating system

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

Voltage and Frequency

100–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz ±5%

Maximum Power Consumption

600 VA


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 Requirements

100-240 +/- 10% VAC; 50/60 Hz; 10 A circuit, 960 W rated input power


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

Integrated Computer

Microsoft Windows operating system

External UPS

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



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


12 kg (26 lb)

Voltage and Frequency

100–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz