Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing & research products

With the global coronavirus outbreak continuing to grow in severity, we have grouped products relevant to the testing and research of SARS-CoV-2. For more information on any of these products, pricing and availability, please contact us via phone or email.

Kits for Viral RNA extraction and detection of COVID-19

COVID-19 Detection Kits

Thistle Scientific are now offering kits for the detection of COVID-19 in 2 formats:

2019-nCoV (SARS-CoV-2) IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette

The 2019-nCoV (COVID-19) IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette is a lateral flow chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of IgG and IgM antibodies to 2019-nCoV in human whole blood, serum or plasma specimens.


The Real Time PCR kit virus identification is based on the conserved Orf1ab and N gene region for SARS-CoV-2. The kits can be stored & shipped at room Temp.

Automated extraction and detection of COVID-19

Aurora Biomeds liquid handling platforms, combined with the new COVID-19 1 or 2 step detection kits offer a complete solution for SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA detection/

COVID-19 virus detection kit

Perfect for use with the Versa 1100 automated liquid handling platform. These kits have the following properties:

  • 200 copies per mL detection limit
  • 24 tests per kit
  • Target genes: ORF1ab and N gene
  • Compatible with sputum, alveolar wash and pharyngeal swab samples
  • Positive control and an internal standard to monitor test accuracy are included with kit

Versa 1100 liquid handling

Aurora’s VERSA series of liquid handling platforms are compatible with automating most common virus detection workflows. Applications include:

  • RNA and DNA extraction
  • qPCR reaction setup for 1 and 2 step workflows
  • Sample normalisation

Analytik Jena’s InnuPure C16 touch platform is a cost-effective option for scaling up nucleic acid extractions. Whether magnetic particle separation or novel SmartExtraction technology – the InnnuPure C16 touch significantly increases efficiency in nucleic acid extraction. Whatever extraction method used, the InnuPure C16 touch not only delivers higher yields and highly reproducible results but also helps you find the ideal combination of kit, protocol, and parameters.

InnuPure® C16 touch

The use of a highly precise pipetting system makes InnuPure® C16 touch workflows accurate and reproducible.

innuPREP Virus DNA/RNA Kit-IPC16

Used in conjunction with the InnuPure® C16 touch, the kit is suitable for an exceptionally wide variety of starting materials.

Equipment and reagents for qPCR

qPCR remains the test of choice for viral detection workflows. Thistle Scientific offers a range of qPCR thermal cyclers and reagents for qPCR that can be used in a variety of protocols.

qTOWER qPCR Thermal Cyclers

Available in 96 or 384 well formats, the qTOWER Thermal cycler is a modular system for Real-Time qPCR across a wide spectrum of dye systems.

qPCR Reagents & plastics

Thistle Scientific can supply both Reagents and Plastics for qPCR, from our wide range of laboratory consumables.

Sterilisation Products

Keeping equipment sterile and disinfecting surfaces and staff is a key element in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Thistle Scientific distributes both small scale and large autoclaves for sterilisation as well as a range of sterilisation liquids.

Autoclaves from CertoClav

CertoClav tabletop autoclaves are designed for professional laboratory use. They are adapted to perform sterilization as well as other treatments by the means of saturated steam under pressure.

Sterilisation Reagents

Hands are the most common way of picking up and spreading bacteria, viruses, and infectious organisms. Alcohol Hand Gel is designed to offer effective hand decontamination wherever it is needed.

Biosafety Cabinets

Handing of SARS-CoV-2 samples is a potential risk to healthcare professionals and as such requires the use of either Class II or Hermetically sealed Biosafety Cabinets. We offer a range of suitable cabinets with modular specifications to suit your workflow.

Mars Class II Cabients

The Mars is a series of dual filter Class 2 cabinets which incorporates the latest in laminator technology, energy-saving designs and HEPA-filtration, with options that give the best protection for you, your products and your laboratory.

Sirius – Class II Cabinet

Sirius is a compact individual Clean Air work station, which incorporates the latest laminator technology and energy-saving designs with HEPA-filtration. Offering complete portability and enabling suitable and convenient positioning in your laboratory.


Single Channel Pipettes

The distinctive handle of these pipettes, with an ejector push button located on the top of the finger rest, and the volume counter facing backwards, offer their user the sense of comfort and continuous control of the pipetting volume. omniPETTE single channel pipettes feature PVDF shafts ensuring the increased chemical and mechanical durability of the product.

Multichannel pipettes

omniPETTE multichannels feature a revolutionary suspension system, which creates an even seal across all tips. The shafts retract independently when they are pressed against a row of tips, resulting in an even sealing force. Available in both 8 and 12 channels, the omniPETTE improves efficency by ensuring all tips are attached correctly.

Our business

We continue to operate business as usual at this difficult time but have implemented new measures to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. For more information you can view our full statement here: