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Equipment and Instruments

  • AltoStar® Automation System AM16 (Hamilton)

  • AltoStar® Connect Software (Hamilton)

  • CFX96 Deepwell Dx System (Bio-Rad)

Purification and Internal Control

  • AltoStar® Purification Kit 1.5

  • AltoStar® Internal Control 1.5


  • AltoStar® Consumables

  • AltoStar® Starter Kit

  • AltoStar® Plate Sealer

  • AltoStar® Work Table with table holder and Ergotron Arm

Entire workflow

  • The AltoStar® AM16 is CE-IVD marked

  • DNA and RNA purification in parallel with one-for-all chemistry AltoStar® Purification Kit 1.5 (CE-IVD)

  • Real-time PCR reaction setup by using the altona Diagnostics PCR kits (CE-IVD)

  • Automated cycler programming with AltoStar® Connect software (CE-IVD)

  • Expandable system for additional thermal cycler (CFX96™ Deep Well Dx System, IVD / Bio-Rad)

Process safety

  • Traceability: barcoded reagents for full process control

  • Ready-to-use reagents for consistent quality

  • Lot checking

  • Expiry date checking

  • Total Aspiration and Dispense Monitoring (TADM) – proven technology from Hamilton

High flexibility

  • All sample types in one run

  • Analyze up to four pathogens from a single sample

  • Combine up to eight real-time PCR assays on a 96 well plate

  • Scalable from 1–96 reactions, no minimum batch size

  • 500 µl and 1000 µl sample volume possible in one run

  • Sample carriers can be unloaded any time after sample processing

Any sample type

  • CE-IVD marked purification kit validated for whole blood, EDTA plasma, urine, stool and swabs in UTM

  • One purification kit for both DNA and RNA assays

  • One universal internal control for entire workflow (AltoStar® Internal Control 1.5, CE-IVD)


  • Ready-to-use reagents for extraction and real-time PCR

  • Use of primary or secondary sample tubes

  • Freely selectable positions for samples

  • Load backup reagents and consumables

  • No refill or mixing of solutions necessary

  • Full access to eluates

  • User friendly control software AltoStar® Connect (see under AltoStar® product range)

  • Blood Borne Viruses
    Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) Parvovirus B19
  • Enteric Viruses and Bacteria
    Clostridium difficile EHEC Norovirus Rotavirus
  • Human Adenovirus, Human Herpesvirus and Polyomavirus
    Human adenovirus (ADV) Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Human Herpesvirus 6A and 6B (HHV-6) Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 (HSV) Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) BK Virus (BKV) JC Virus (JCV)
  • Respiratory Viruses, Bacteria and Fungi
    Human adenovirus (ADV) Enterovirus (ENV) and Rhinovirus (RHV) Human Influenza A and B and SwineFlu Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Human Metapneumovirus A and B (hMPV) Human Parainfluenza Virus 1– 4 (PIV) Respiratory Syncytial Virus A and B (RSVA and RSVB) Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis Pneumocystis jirovecii
  • Tropical and other Viruses, Bacteria and Parasites
    AHFV/KFDV CCHFV Chagas Chikungunya Dengue Ebolavirus Filovirus Lassa Virus Malaria Rift Valley Fever Trichomonas vaginalis WNV Yellow Fever Zika Virus

AltoStar® Automation System AM16 


The AltoStar® Automation System AM16 is a robotic pipetting workstation used for sample purification and PCR setup controlled by the AltoStar® Connect software. It is intended to be used in combination with the AltoStar® Purification Kit 1.5, the AltoStar® Internal Control 1.5 and altona Diagnostics PCR kits for automated purification of nucleic acids and automated assay setup for in vitro diagnostic purposes.

The AltoStar® AM16 is intended for use by professional users trained in molecular biological techniques and the operation of the AltoStar® AM16 instrument.


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