Sample Preparation


Detection, Prevention & Elimination of Contamination in Cell Cultures + PCR cycler validation

Minerva Biolabs GmbH is a leading biotechnology company for the development and marketing of detection & elimination kits for the control of microbial contamination. The company is based in Berlin. Their core competence lies in the control of mycoplasma, bacteria and viruses in cell cultures and biopharmaceuticals. In addition they employ their specialized kits and reagents as PCR diagnostics of respiratory tract infections and for the detection of legionella in water. They regard it as their function to be your highly competent expert in these specialized areas of contamination control, clinical diagnostics and water diagnostics.

The Mycoplasma Detection Kits employ PCR technology for rapid and reliable detection of more
than 110 Mollicutes species, including Mycoplasma, Acholeplasma and Spiroplasma. All relevant
species known as contaminants in various in situ biologicals including cell cultures, culture media, cell
preparations and virus stocks are detectable. One of the different types will fit each individual customer’s
need for a fast, reliable and time-saving routine monitoring!
Mynox® is a biological agent that integrates selectively into the mycoplasma membrane
and compromises its integrity. The result is an osmotic influx that leads to the complete
disintegration of the mycoplasma membrane. With mycoplasma eradicated, cells can
immediately return to their native morphology and normal proliferation rates.

Onar® Bacteria utilizes the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for highly sensitive detection of
bacterial contamination in various in situ biologicals including cell cultures and virus stocks.
The primer set is specific to a highly conserved region within the 16S ribosomal RNA gene in
the bacteria genome. This allows for detection of all bacteria species tested thus far and usually
encountered as airborne contaminants in cell cultures. Eukaryotic DNA is not amplified by
Onar® Bacteria. The Primer/Nucleotide Reaction Mix already provides an Internal Control DNA as an
essential tool for successfully executed reactions.

ZellShield® protects cell cultures from a broad range of common contaminants.
ZellShield® is active against most intracellular and extracellular growing gram negative and gram
positive bacteria, mycoplasma, protozoon, fungi and yeast.
WaterShield™ protects the water in the reservoir from microbial growth. WaterShield™ can be used in
any kind of laboratory water reservoirs and is compatible with common work surfaces.
Mycoplasma-Off™ is a highly effective solution for cleansing and disinfection of all suitable laboratory
surfaces and apparatus. Mycoplasma-Off™ is outstandingly safe in use possessing not only a
strong mycoplasmacidal effect, but also being effective against bacteria, yeasts and viruses: Mycoplasma-
Off™ has been proven to be effective against bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus,
Enterococcus hirae, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans,
BVDV, Poliovirus, Adenovirus, Polyomavirus SV40, Norovirus and Vacciniavirus.

The PCR Cycler Check™ kits allow a realistic verification of block and air heated PCR cyclers for installation
qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ) and performance qualification (PQ) according
to legal requirements, like ISO 17025, EN 45001, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 20836:2007, GLP, GMP and
The PCR Cycler Check™ series provides temperature sensitive PCR reactions to monitor an upper and
lower temperature range in one PCR reaction. The primer sequences and the PCR protocol were designed
to react extremely sensitive on fluctuations of more than 2 °C within the cycler protocol with a drop
out of amplification. This way the temperature homogeneity, the precision of the temperature control
and the timing can be verified. In addition, the pre-adjusted target concentrations are only amplified at
high PCR efficiencies as an additional indicator for accurate temperature control of the thermal cycler.

AquaScreen® is a test system for quantitative detection of water pathogens. AquaScreen® combines
water filtration, lysis of the collected microorganisms, DNA extraction and elution of the DNA in minimal
volumes ready for subsequent PCR analysis.

Food Control™ kit series includes Food Control™ qPCR, Food Control™ LFA and Food Control™ LFA+
PCR kits for fast and reliable detection of foodborne pathogens via real-time PCR or via our proprietary
Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) technology, respectively. Food Control™ qPCR is a diagnostic system for easy
determination of contamination degree in agricultural or food industry via real-time PCR. LFA technology
provides stripes as an easy read-out making DNA gels obsolete and in combination with our LFA+
cartridges and pre-cast chambers provide maximum contamination prevention. Food Control™ kits can
be combined with our optimized DNA extraction system ExtractNow™ Food Control.

We offer our highly effective decontamination products WaterShield™, Lab Clean™, PCR Clean™ and
PCR Clean™ Wipes in order to help you to protect your research. Watershield™ is a disinfection additive
for incubators and water baths and is active against a broad range of typical water contaminations from
bacteria, mycoplasma, protozoan, algae, fungi and yeast. Water exchange is conveniently indicated by
a diminishing blue stain. Lab Clean™ is a large area decontamination solution useful for floors preventing
room-to-room spreading of e.g. DNA carry over or trace amounts of DNA, keeping your lab “DNAload”
low if regularly applied. Finally, protect your PCR experiments from e.g. carry over or DNases and
RNases using PCR Clean™ or PCR Clean™ Wipes highly effective surface decontamination reagents.

ELITe GALAXY & Extraction Kit

The ELITe GALAXY is a complete, CE-IVD bench top solution for Nucleic Acid extraction and PCR set up. The system is enabled with a unique Real-Time PCR menu that includes the largest infectious disease menu for transplant monitoring.

The ELITe GALAXY system performs automatically a universal sample preparation based on magnetic beads technology with the ELITe GALAXY 300 Extraction kit and up to 8 multiple PCR set-up operation for qualitative and quantitative applications. The ELITe GALAXY supports up to 48 samples extraction directly from primary tubes and 96 reactions for the PCR setup.

The ELITe GALAXY is controlled by the ELITe GALAXY Software. This Windows 7-based software has been developed and CE IVD validated in combination with ELITe GALAXY 300 Extraction kit and ELITe MGB Real-Time PCR kits with pre-defined and protected protocol. The clear and ease of use graphic user interface allows a secure execution of routine daily works and a full sample and event traceability.

The ELITe GALAXY features advanced technologies for liquid transfer operations like CO-RE technology, dual liquid level detection, monitoring of air displacement and anti-droplet control. They guarantee accurate and reliable pipetting operations and prevent the risk of contamination.

The ELITe GALAXY instrument is general purpose equipment for in vitro diagnostic applications validated for specific IVD applications with ELITech Group Molecular Diagnostics kits. Usage of any other kits or kit components on the ELITe GALAXY is only allowed after a validation process.

Catalogue Number(s)

Product Description: ELITe GALAXY – Automated sample preparation & PCR setup instrument
Conditioning: 1 unit

Product Description: ELITe GALAXY 300 Extraction Kit – Universal extraction kit
Conditioning: 100 extractions

Product Description: Tips 300 – Conductive Graphit Tips
Conditioning: 5 x 96 tips

Product Description: Tips 1000 – Conductive Graphit Tips
Conditioning: 10 x 96 tips

Product Description: Waste bags
Conditioning: 25 units

Product Description: ELITe GALAXY Consumable Set – Extra Plastic consumables
Conditioning: 100 sets

ELITe STAR & Extraction Kit

ELITe STAR is a fully automated CE-IVD nucleic acid extraction solution enabling a primary tube loading, universal processing and less than 10 hands-on-time minutes.

The ELITe STAR instrument is used with ELITe STAR 200 Extraction kit in molecular diagnostic laboratories for extracting nucleic acid from various body fluids.

The ELITe STAR instrument processed up to 12 samples with a direct loading of the primary tubes and extraction reagents, both positively identified by an integrated barcode reader.

The ELITe STAR is a fully automated compact and secure bench top microplate system which performs a complete sample preparation: samples and reagents dispensing, incubation, magnetic separation, elution.

The ELITe STAR 200 Extraction Kit is designed for a fully automated extraction and purification of human genomic DNA, mitochondrial DNA, bacterial DNA and viral DNA/RNA from various matrices namely human whole blood, plasma collected in EDTA or citrate, serum, cerebrospinal fluid, amniotic fluid, rinsed liquid from swabs, urine, or supernatant from stool suspension.

The ELITe STAR 200 Extraction Kit combines the advantages of an innovative magnetic extraction technology and an easy handling of magnetic particles by the ELITe STAR Instrument for an efficient and reliable isolation of high purity PCR ready nucleic acids.

The CE-IVD validation of ELITe MGB® and Q-PCR Alert Real-Time PCR tests with ELITe STAR provides a full CE-IVD solution from sample preparation to amplification.

Catalogue Number(s)

Product Description: ELITe STAR Instrument

Product Description: ELITe STAR 200 Extraction kit – 96 tests

Product Description: Waste trays – 25 trays

Product Description: Tips 1100 – 10 racks of 96 tips