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Eppendorf and Akonni Biosystems announce joint marketing agreement


Hauppauge, NY & Frederick, MD – Eppendorf North America and Akonni Biosystems today announced that they have entered into a joint marketing agreement to promote Akonni Biosystems TruTipTM nucleic acid extraction kits configured for use with the Eppendorf epMotion® automated pipetting systems to clinical research laboratories in North America.

Akonni TruTip uses a patented, nucleic acid binding matrix that is inserted into the epMotion pipette tips. Each TruTip Kit delivered under this agreement includes a rack of 96 x 1000µl TruTip extraction tips with bulk packaged lysis, wash and elution buffers and can purify PCR ready nucleic acid from up to 8 simultaneous samples in as few as 4 minutes.

Akonni will initially introduce two high-throughput TruTip extraction kits for use on the epMotion systems: one for isolating Influenza RNA from nasal swab and nasopharyngeal aspirate samples, and a second for extracting genomic DNA from saliva. Akonni plans to develop and supply additional kits for the Eppendorf epMotion family of systems in the near future.