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Next-generation thermocycling technology

For over a decade, Bio-Rad and Cobalt have collaborated to bring new and groundbreaking scientific innovations to life. The PTC Tempo Thermal Cycler is the latest cutting-edge device developed under this partnership – a new device that features the latest technology, modern design and an enhanced user experience.

Replacing its predecessor, the C1000, the new device has been developed with a focus on adaptability and efficiency, catering for a diverse range of applications, serving both individuals and broader lab spaces.

From amplification or PCR to cloning, cycle sequencing, gene expression studies, and mutagenesis, its versatility provides real benefits to laboratory efficiency and output.

At its core lies the commitment to precision and reliability. Engineered with a focus on maintaining uniform thermal performance, scientists can trust the PTC Tempo to consistently deliver accurate results. Moreover, its flexibility allows for seamless scalability, accommodating the demands of any laboratory workload. Whether you're working with individual samples or managing a high-throughput lab, this instrument ensures consistent and reliable results with every use. The PTC Tempo offers market-leading thermal gradient control across 8 rows, accurate to within 0.2°C across a large temperature range.

Leveraging our experience in medical device and scientific instrument design, Cobalt supported this project by providing expert industrial design, usability and user experience, design for manufacture, engineering development, and 3D CAD.

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The Team We believe good design happens by expert people working as a team.

Kate Bednarz Project Leader

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Jack Magree

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Graeme Marshall

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Nat Hunt

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Nathan Scanlon

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Ben Goodwin

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Warwick Brown

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Davis Tolley

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Marcus Krigsman

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