Magnetic Plates for Microplates
V&P has a large variety of different magnetic bead separation devices for your microplates. It is important to match the right magnet plate with your microplate. If you need assistance or have any questions about our magnet plates please feel free to contact us.
There are many different microplate manufacturers and each of them incorporates unique structual features into their plates. Features of the skirt, the shape of the wells, to the injection "gates" under the microplate. These are all things that we consider when choosing the right magnetic bead separation device for your microplate.
We also consider the magnetic beads or particles you are using. Depending on the size of the beads, and also the concentration, we may suggest a specific product for your application. Naturally, larger magnetic bead particles will separate faster rather than smaller particles. The larger particles have greater mass which aids in the magnetic bead separation.
Bead Separation Location:
Depending on your protocol, you may want the beads to be collected on the side of the wells, or maybe directly in the center. We have several magnetic bead seapration devices that will place the beads in different locations. We look at the shape of the wells, volumes, and how you will be removing the supernatant.
Types of Separation:
-More commonly, magnetic beads are separated and then washed using pipet tips. By using pipet tips, it is important to keep the beads away from the pipet. This is why bead location is so important.
-FlicknBlot - V&P also has a line of hand-held magnetic bead separation devices. These devices allow for the microplate to be fixed to the magnet plate. You can then pick up the entire device and "Flick" out the supernatant. This is a fast, economical way of removing supernatant from your microplates while still retaining your magnetic beads.
-While the more common method is to remove the supernatant from your beads, we also have the VP 407AM-N that will remove the beads from the microplate. Using a PCR plate as a shield, you can use our handheld magnetic device to move the beads from one microplate to another. This will save you time and money as no pipet tips are needed.