TABLE 4.

Time and cost comparison for manual spin column and two automated extraction instruments

Extraction methodNo. of extracted specimensTime (min)/runInstrument time (min)/ specimenCost (U.S. dollars)/ specimen
QIAamp30100NAa2.64
BioRobot M4836130 (173b)3.62.71c, 2.46d
MagNA Pure32922.93.58
  • a NA, not applicable.

  • b Calculated time required for a run of 48 specimens.

  • c List price for kits with reagents for 96 extractions.

  • d List price for kits with reagents for 480 extractions (the cost of plastics is not included).