New Zealand biotech tools company takes major step towards DNA testing at home with US$1,500 mobile device
SAN DIEGO and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct. 19, 2018 -- Ubiquitome Limited today announced the launch of the Liberty16 at the American Society of Human Genetics conference in San Diego, the latest product in its range of mobile real-time PCR systems. Designed to give users access to mobile, cutting-edge DNA testing, the Liberty16 offers DNA quantitation capability whenever and wherever it's needed.
''We've had fantastic feedback on the ground-breaking, handheld Freedom4 we launched in 2014 and we've brought the same mobile design philosophy to the Liberty16,'' says founder and CEO Dr. Paul Pickering. "We're offering it at an accessible price to researchers as an important step on our journey to making DNA testing available in every home."
The Liberty16 starts at US$1,500, and Ubiquitome is taking pre-orders from researchers on a "first-come first-served" basis for the device at http://www.ubiquitomebio.com/Liberty16preorder
Holly Bowers, of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, a Liberty16 early access tester, Freedom4 user and marine science researcher said, "The key benefit of both devices is that you don't have to be in the lab."
"They're mobile and flexible and allow you to look at your samples in the field. With the Liberty16 device you have more wells to work with. That allowed us to do more screening of our cultures."
The Liberty16 comes with built in lithium ion batteries for two to three hours of mobile running time, Bluetooth enabled which paired with an iPhone app means you can run your samples anywhere. The device is sized to fit with whatever space a researcher has, and is easily transported from site to site. It acts as a personal qPCR device, because it:
An open platform, the Liberty16 is compatible with industry standard consumables and chemistries such as Taqman® and SYBR®. Researchers will have an opportunity to see it at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) conference in San Diego, October 16 – 20. Ubiquitome is showcasing the device at Booth 1143 in the San Diego Convention Center.
Ubiquitome is a New Zealand-based developer of handheld, cloud-connected, real-time PCR devices. Ubiquitome's mission is to enable universal access to genomic information through ubiquitous cloud connected, genetic analysis devices.