Following consultation with customers, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s innovative enhancements to its Thermo Scientific SureTect food pathogen PCR system include the use of ergonomic tools and colour-coded plates and reagents to drive confidence in right-first time results


Thermo Fisher Scientific has simplified the workflow for the SureTect PCR System, by introducing streamlined handling and fail-safe colour-coded plates and reagents, to smart, intuitive software and instrumentation.

In the pursuit of food safety, every test matters. There’s no room for uncertainty and no time for retests. When Thermo Fisher experts asked its customers to share their challenges, they put streamlining staff training and eradicating human error at the top of the list.

The enhanced SureTect PCR System workflow, part of Thermo Fisher’s commitment to continual improvement and leadership through innovation, has been designed to help laboratories all over the world protect public safety, their own reputation and profitability.

Features include:

Streamlined handling: Ready-to-use reagents and ergonomic tools provide a streamlined workflow and ease-of-handling, simplifying staff training and boosting laboratory productivity.

  • Pre-dispensed lysis and PCR reagents reduce hands-on time
  • Clearly oriented lysis and assay plates reduce the likelihood of human error
  • Pierceable lysis tube seals reduce handling steps and risk of cross-contamination
  • Workflow tools to simplify the workflow and reduce risk of operator error for a superior user-handling experience
  • Internal positive control (IPC) in every PCR well provides confidence in each and every result.

Fail safe: Colour-coded plates and reagents reduce the likelihood of human error, enhancing confidence in right-first time results.

  • Colour indicator in Proteinase K reagent enables pipetted wells to be visually tracked, quickly and easily
  • Assay strips colour-coded to target pathogen for simple, rapid identification.

Smart instrumentation: The updated features are supported by fully automated amplification, detection, data collection, analysis and interpretation, using Thermo Scientific™ RapidFinder™ Analysis Software v2.0 or later.

Validated for a broad range of targets and matrices according to ISO 16140-2:206 by AFNOR and AOAC certification requirements, the SureTect PCR Assay workflows provide the ultimate solution for any food laboratory’s pathogen detection requirements.