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Colony Picking

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Hudson’s RapidPick™  Colony Picking Systems are the only fully-automated high-throughput microbial colony picking workcells. They deliver performance and precision unparalleled in the Life Science industry.   RapidPick systems offer the following capabilities:

  • Robotic loading/unloading
  • Automated fresh media filling
  • Automated gas-permeable plate sealing
  • Barcode scanning
  • Up to 2400 picks/hour (typical)
  • 99+% inoculation success (typical)
  • Capacity of up to 225 colony plates
  • All RapidPick models fit well in anaerobic chambers (ideal for microbiome research)
In addition to allowing researchers to automate the selection and growth of cells grown on a colony plate, they will also retain a record and image of the each colony and which culture plate/well it inoculated. It provides the users an indispensable, unbroken data path from original colony to final result, eg. tracking a clone to a specific expressed protein. Fluorescent colony detection, Blue and White colony detection as well as Halo colony detection is available.

The RapidPick series consists of three different categories, based on the central colony picking component of the system: 
  • Single-Pin Systems: The RapidPick SP is a single-pin picker for users who need RapidPick accuracy, but only require modest throughput. The source plate can be either petri dishes, segmented plates or Omni-Trays.  The standard software allows for microbial colony picking, cherry picking, re-arraying and plate replication.
  • 20 Pin Colony Picking Systems: Built around the RapidPick MP instrument, we offer three different systems:  MP, Lite, and Complete which contain an increasing number of supporting components.  This series offers the highest-throughput automated bacterial colony-picking solutions available anywhere, saves lab space and can easily fit into anaerobic chambers.
  • Pipette Tip-Based Systems: The RapidPick Harvester includes a single-channel SOLO pipettor for extracting larger volumes of colonies from semi-solid and liquid media.  The perfect device for extracting sample plugs of microbial colonies, stem cell clusters, or fungal samples.
Hudson’s technological advantages: 

Average inoculation rates of over 99% because of the continues picking from the source plate and placing to the destination plates. The major competitors use batch picking so there is a delay in placing colonies into the destination plate. The delay may weaken the bacteria or cause death.

These colony pickers have a small footprint so they can easily fit labs with limited space or into anaerobic chambers and biosafety hoods. Hudson can provide chambers to showcase your workcells.

RapidPicks are designed to easily work with other Hudson instruments as well as instruments from other manufactures allowing for you to automate complete workflows. Add incubators, media dispensers, microplate sealers, barcode readers for data tracking and over 200 other instruments to your workcell.

Hudson’s Technologies:

The Hudson Robotics RapidPick family of colony Pickers, Liquid HandlersMicroplate Handling systems and Laboratory Automation software are used in a wide range of applications in Synthetic Biology and fields such as Microbiome Research:
  • Clone Management
  • Library Generation
  • Phage Display
  • Gene Assembly
  • DNA transformation into Bacteria
  • Plasmid Prep
  • Protein Expression
  • DNA/RNA/Protein extraction and purification
  • Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS)
  • Gene Construction
  • Enzyme Evelution
  • DNA and RNA normalization
  • Many More…
For the full list of Applications please click here.
RapidPick Complete Colony Picker

RapidPick Complete Colony Picker

Hudson’s RapidPick™  Colony Picking Systems are the only fully automated high-throughput colony picking workcells. They deliver performance and precision unparalleled in the Life Science industry.  In addition to allowing researchers to automate the selection and growth of cells grown on a colony plate, they also retain a record and image of each specific colony and which culture plate/well it inoculated.

RapidPick Lite Colony Picker

RapidPick Lite Colony Picker

The RapidPick ‘Lite’ offers all the capacity, throughput and picking/re-arraying features of the RapidPick Complete, but without  the liquid dispenser or  microplate sealer. The RapidPick Lite averages 2,400 colonies per hour. The RapidPick Lite includes the RapidPick MP, a PlateCrane Robotic Arm and 5 plate stacks.

RapidPick MP: 20 Pin Colony Picker

RapidPick MP: 20 Pin Colony Picker

The RapidPick MP is the fastest, most accurate automated multi-pin colony picking system in the world with over 99% inoculation rates and typical speeds of picking over 2,400 bacterial colonies per hour.  The small footprint saves lab space, allows for easy cleaning and fits into microbiome chambers and biosafety hoods. The RapiPick MP is at the heart of the Complete and Lite systems which include robotic plate loading, media filling as well as other features, such as plate sealing in the RapidPick Complete Workcell. 

The RapidPick MP is intended for researchers who need the accuracy and high outgrowth rates of the RapidPick colony-picker, but whose workload doesn’t require the added automation available in the Complete or Lite systems.    

RapidPick SP Single Pin Colony Picker

RapidPick SP Single Pin Colony Picker

Hudson’s RapidPick SP is a single-pin version of Hudson’s widely acclaimed RapidPick multi-pin colony-picker and re-arrayer. Like the RapidPick and RapidPick Lite, the RapidPick SP has all the features needed by users in today’s molecular biology environment.

RapidPick Harvester

RapidPick Harvester

Hudson Robotics has developed a unique, automated picker for microbial and fungal samples in microplates or omnitrays.  The RapidPick Harvester™ identifies and extracts sample plugs of stem cell clusters, microbial colonies, or fungal samples grown on agar or in semi-solid media.