When handling MagPlex® Microspheres, it will often be necessary to separate the magnetic beads from solution. To make these wash steps as easy as possible, Luminex offers two magnetic separators: Magnetic Plate Separator and the Magnetic Tube Separator.
The Luminex Magnetic Plate Separator is a modified plate magnet intended to separate a 96-well plate of MagPlex Microspheres during assay preparation steps. The side clasps on this magnet have been specially designed to hold a round-bottom plate securely to the magnet, enabling the user to quickly decant it over a waste container. Similar to the method used in an ELISA, this manual plate washing method has been shown to effectively remove nearly all of the supernatant from every well on the plate, with virtually no bead carry-over.
The Luminex 1.5 mL Tube Magnetic Separator is intended for a single reaction tube. Typically used in bead coupling reactions, this magnet can quickly separate one mL of MagPlex Microspheres from solution and is a helpful addition to any xMAP® bench top.