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Aurora DNA Sample Preparation Device

Fast, simple, specific biomolecule extraction

Boreal Genomics has developed the Aurora™ desktop sample preparation device that uses SCODA™ electrophoretic DNA concentration technology.

The Challenge

  • Develop working prototype within three months for industry event
  • User-friendly, ergonomic design with minimum footprint
  • Safety features to manage high voltage
  • Disposable gel cartridge to be visible and easily accessible
  • Reliable, manufacturable, easy to clean and attractive device

How StarFish Helped

Ease of use features StarFish designed into the Aurora include:

  • Safe, easy access for right and left handed operators
  • Tool-less access to main electrode PCB for service
  • Simple touch screen interface
  • Camera mounting without additional wiring or fastening.
  • Disposable gel cartridge setting for better sample positioning and speed

The Results

  • Fully functional beta prototype ready for regulatory testing
  • Successful demonstrations at 2009 ALA Lab Automation show in California (four months into project)
  • Boreal successfully raised capital

Client: Boreal Genomics

Tags: _bio casing enclosure genetics lab automation

StarFish Medical played a critical role in our ability to produce an alpha-prototype for validation…

In an incredibly short time, and very cost effectively, StarFish engineers help us develop an instrument that completely changed the way our company is perceived.

Dr. Andre Marziali
Chief Scientist
Boreal Genomics

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