Ritter Medical pledges help for PCR labs on COVID-19 front line

news-releasesRitter Medical GmbH
August 11th 2020

Schwabmünchen, Germany: – Ritter, the German-based manufacturer of high quality robotic disposables, liquid dispensing and clinical solutions used in life sciences worldwide, has pledged its support for polymerase chain reaction(PCR) laboratories on the front line of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Around the world, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has stretched reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) laboratory capacity to its limits in the search for vaccines and in the battle to ramp up testing capacity to identify those who are positive for the virus and those who have developed antibodies.

Riplate magnetic kits

Ritter is able to help laboratories is in the manufacturing and supply of the robotic tips, magnetic plates and other consumables used in the automated life sciences PCR robotic stations that are so crucial in processing and analyzing CV-19 testing kit results.

Ritter Medical is inviting anyone who needs extra supplies to ramp up extraction capacity to contact the company.

“If you are starting or increasing production capacity and need assistance, Ritter Medical can help,” says the company.

Extraction for PCR Diagnostic Panels

Ritter Medical has two particularly valuable contribution to make to the fight against COVID-19, in  helping laboratories ramp up diagnostic and testing capacity, drawing on its expertise and capabilities in designing  robotic plates to perform thousands of microplate-based assays and genomics methods for researchers worldwide, including PCR preparation assays as used in COVID-19 testing.

The first is in extraction from patient samples of the Ribonuclease (RNase) that catalyzes the degradation of RNA into smaller components. This is the first step in analyzing samples and depends on the use of magnetic plates for separation.

Ritter is ramping up production of its Riplate® magnetic Microwell and Deep well plates that are optimised for this application, to ensure only the RNase goes into the reverse transcriptase RT-PCR process.

Mass batch RT-PCR testing

The second contribution is in supplies for RT-PCR carried out on unprecedented scales worldwide, which depend on robotic tips and the Riplate® series of well plate optimised for PCR, particularly Riplate® 96 well plates for ELISA analysis and Riplate® 384 that allow larger batch testing for micro samples, with alphanumeric identification of individual samples.

Supply commitment

Ritter Medical is also increased production of these Riplate® PCR plates and is dedicated to ensuring quick and reliable suppliers.

“If you need to ramp up throughput, we are here to assist you,” says Ritter Medical.

“Ritter Medical will be taking all necessary steps to do our part to mitigate the spread of the virus, while keeping our doors open to serve you, the researchers that are working to solve this pandemic. Whether you are sheltering in place or working in a lab, please trust us to do our best to assist you,” the company has told its customers.

About Ritter Medical

Ritter, founded in Bavaria in 1965 is an independent family-owned company that has become a world-class manufacturer of high quality plastics and “made in Germany” sterile and non-sterile laboratory equipment, high precision dispensers, tips and plates.

In more than 50 countries, millions of Ritter medical products are used in clinical and biotechnological applications every day.

Over 25,500 m2 of ultra-modern facilities at Schwabmünchen near Munich, Ritter’s more than 300-strong workforce develops and produces high-quality plastic products for the global market, certified to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2012 standards.

Ritter’s comprehensive ranges of sterile assay and sample handling containers, robotic tips and other specialized equipment make its brand highly respected in research and biotech laboratories.

Further information at: https://www.ritter-medical.de/en/


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Ritter Medical pledges help for PCR labs on COVID-19 front line

Riplate® Magnetic 96 deep well plate – essential for extracting RNase from patient samples

Ritter Medical pledges help for PCR labs on COVID-19 front line

Riplate® 96 or 384 well plates for PCR and ELISA analysis are alphanumeric coded for individual sample tracking