QIAcube Connect quiz: Play to learn about automated sample processing and get a chance to win our brand-new QIAcube Connect!

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QIAGEN spin columns are the gold standard for nucleic acid extraction and purification. Many research labs, however, are challenged by the number and variability of samples that need to be processed.

QIAcube Connect, the next generation of the widely used QIAcube, offers automation for over 80 QIAGEN kits with up to 12 samples per run. It was developed by 5 different teams with members from Germany, Switzerland, UK, India and USA. With it, QIAGEN now offers a breakthrough system with advanced digital capabilities and connectivity that builds on the success of ~3000 QIAcube instruments that already allow research labs to fully automate and track their well-known QIAGEN spin column protocols with just a push of a button.

We created a fun way to learn about this new instrument: the QIAcube Connect quiz. All you must do is click the link to play. To increase your score, answer up to 7 questions correctly and as quickly as possible. Invite your friends and colleagues to play and get extra points for doing so!  The participant with the highest score will win an iPad and a random registered participant has the chance to win a QIAcube Connect instrument. To be eligible to win, just register and tell us why you need a QIAcube Connect in your life!

Let me give you a brief introduction to how QIAcube Connect can help you to stay connected and how it will enable you to experience increased confidence in your results.

QIAcube Connect processes up to 12 samples per run and automates the purification of DNA, RNA and proteins. It is only intended for RUO purposes and supports applications like sequencing, Gene expression, Genotyping, Proteomics, Microbiome, Liquid Biopsy, Epigenetics and more. There is no need to buy dedicated kits for QIAcube Connect. Just use the manual QIAGEN kits you are familiar with on the QIAcube Connect instrument. QIAcube Connect comes with over 150 preinstalled protocols and it can automate over 80 kits. Additionally, customized protocols can be ordered.

Its preinstalled and intuitive software is easily accessible on the touchscreen or a tablet (included). The QIAcube Connect software guides the user through the setup process step by step to eliminate the risk of any errors. No external PC is required to operate QIAcube Connect, saving space in the lab.

Setting up the QIAcube Connect has become even easier, as the work table is now well illuminated. QIAcube Connect comes with a barcode reader. With it, you can seamlessly import kit data, as well as sample barcodes into your workflow. Alternatively, data can be imported via USB.

The connectivity concept enhances digitization of the sample purification process for setup and monitoring. A tablet enables you to stay connected with your instrument even when away from QIAcube Connect via the software. Features included are guided setup and pre-installed protocols at a push of a button, scanning sample kits with bar code reader for easy data import, remote real-time run status, error alerts and complete run messages. Once run is complete reports can be easily generated and exported to USB, network or the tablet. All this allows for a new dimension of utility and enhanced process safety.  By the way, the tablet included is a regular tablet. You can use it to listen to your favorite internet radio station, if you like.

Furthermore, QIAcube Connect has been designed to ensure the highest safety standards for researchers. A built-in UV light enables full worktable decontamination, managed user-access ensures tracking of use and data protection. Pre-run checks guarantee correct loading of the instrument. The hood of the QIAcube Connect can be opened during the loading phase only but is locked after the run has started. You can, however, see what’s going on the worktable through the hood.

We hope that this additional information will help you when answering the quiz questions. We wish you good luck and — most of all — lots of fun! Play to win now!

P.S.: Did you know that QIAcube Connect is three instruments in one? The centrifuge and the heatable shaker of the QIAcube Connect can be operated independently if the instrument is not performing a protocol run.

Dr. Inga Irle, is a Senior Strategic Marketing manager based in QIAGEN’s Hilden office, Germany. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Biochemistry in 2006 focusing on molecular medicine and biomarker discovery and received her PhD in 2009 working in the field of cancer and epigenetics. Dr. Irle joined QIAGEN in 2010 and was Global Product Manager for various products, including qPCR and Epigenetics. She is currently involved in managing the global marketing activities around QIAGEN’s automated solutions for Life Science.

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