JANUS® G3 Automation

JANUS® G3 Primary Sample Reformatter & JANUS® G3 PCR Workstation*

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The recent outbreak of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has highlighted the need for technologies to support rapid, high-throughput testing of biological samples. To combat this public health threat, we have developed two automated liquid handling workstations that are optimized to support the SARS-CoV-2 testing workflow and work with any SARS-CoV-2 viral extraction and detection assay chemistry.

The JANUS® G3 primary sample reformatter provides safe and traceable barcode scanning and reformatting of up to 192 input biological samples from nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, and anterior nasal swabs into various destination labware to support viral nucleic acid extraction. This workstation enables additional nucleic acid extraction sample preparation including:

  • The addition of lysis buffers, internal standards, and enzymes
  • The plating of beads, wash buffers, and elution buffers for downstream nucleic acid extraction on the chemagic 360 nucleic acid extractor
  • The pooling multiple samples prior to RNA isolation

The JANUS® G3 primary sample reformatter comes with:

  • 192 position automated test tube barcode reader
  • Enclosure
  • Deck accessories to support nucleic acid extraction sample prep

To meet the demand for pooling samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing, we have created an easy-to-use method on the JANUS® G3 primary sample reformatter. Pooling drastically increases throughput while reducing the cost of testing samples for SARS-CoV-2 and the demand for plastic consumables.

When combined with two chemagic™ 360 nucleic acid extractors and the JANUS® G3 PCR workstation, a full SARS-CoV-2 testing automation solution  enables a daily throughput of 1,880 patient samples.

automated increases SARS-CoV-2 testing throughput


We also offers the JANUS® G3 PCR Workstation which enables traceable and reproducible real time PCR sample preparation for high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 detection using standardized protocols. This automated workstation offers full walk-away PCR sample prep while reducing the risk of hands-on errors in high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 testing. The JANUS® G3 PCR workstation is shipped with standardized sample prep protocols for the Research Use Only SARS-CoV-2 assay  and can be configured to automate any SARS-CoV-2 PCR assay.

This instrument can optionally be used for:

  • Preparing chemagic 360 plates for protease K, the internal standard, and poly(A) beads
  • Adding beads and resuspension buffer to deep well plates for downstream RNA extraction

The JANUS® G3 PCR workstation is compatible with a wide range of consumables. From disposable tips to microplates and reagent troughs, we provide high quality consumables to meet your liquid handling needs.

JANUS G3 PCR Workstation enables traceable and reproducible real time PCR sample preparation
Cloud-based Mobile Operations Monitor for Labs

Increase the Throughput and Consistency of SARS-CoV-2 Testing Workflows with the PKeye Mobile Operations Monitor

The PKeye mobile operations monitor incorporates on-deck cameras with the JANUS® G3 PCR and the JANUS® G3 Primary Sample Reformatter workstation to provide two distinct benefits for labs allowing them to increase the throughput and consistency of their SARS-CoV-2 testing workflow:

  • Instrument Error Reports and Video
  • End of Run Notifications

Learn how the PKeye mobile operations monitor can help you increase the throughput and consistency of your SARS-CoV-2 testing workflow.