SPT Labtech delivers end-to-end automated NGS library preparation with firefly+

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SPT LabtechA global leader in the design, development and manufacture of automated instruments and consumables for life science applications, announces the release firefly®+An extension of his established Firefly The Genomics liquid handling platform integrates an on-deck thermocycler and enhanced labware capabilities to enable completely hands-free next-generation sequencing (NGS) library preparation.

These additional capabilities build on the robust foundation of the FireFly platform, which includes multiple instrument technologies including modules for pipetting, dispensing, shaking and incubating. An internal robotic gripper ensures seamless transitions between all functions without the need for manual intervention, giving scientists more time to focus on important tasks such as data analysis and experimental design.

Central to Firefly’s development is its compact design and usability. Unlike traditional liquid handlers, FireFly+ offers integrated automation without the need for extensive lab space or specialized programming knowledge. The complete system occupies a space of just over a meter in width and sits comfortably on a standard lab bench. Its operation is powered by Firefly’s visual and intuitive software that makes protocol development, execution and sharing effortlessly straightforward.


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With Firefly+, researchers maintain full access to Firefly’s fluid handling and process module capabilities even when the thermocycler is running. This versatility meets a variety of laboratory challenges, providing unparalleled freedom and efficiency in genomics workflows.

“With this new development, we’ve added even more functionality while maintaining Firefly’s signature compact footprint and standardized architecture, so labs don’t have to give up premium lab space to achieve full end-to-end automation,” said Paul Lomax, Chief Spt. of Genomics at LabTech.

Firefly+ is a testament to SPT Labtech’s commitment to customer-driven innovation to advance genomics research. After actively engaging with the scientific community and understanding their real-world challenges, we developed a solution that provides complete versatility to support labs of various sizes, applications and throughput requirements. By decoupling FireFly+ from FireFly’s existing liquid handling capabilities, we are giving genomics scientists the freedom and tools to reach maximum efficiency.”

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