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, please contact us for pricing and availability.

Kits for Viral RNA extraction and detection of COVID-19

COVID-19 Detection Kits

Real Time Test Kit CTK COVID-19 PCR

COVID-19 Real-Time PCR (CE)

Designed to work with open PCR systems, this kit detects the ORF1ab, nucleocapsid protein gene of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  • For use with nasal swab specimens, sputum samples etc
  • Multiple test packaging: 25, 50 & 100 tests/kit
  • LOD: 500 copies/ml in swab specimens

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/

Aurora test kit

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 system

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 web

InnuPure® C16 touch

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

innuPREP Kit IPC16

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 suitable for use in a variety of protocols.

qTOWER 3 Product Family

qTOWER qPCR Thermal Cyclers

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

FIREScript RT cDNA synthesis KIT

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.

CV class B Pro

Autoclaves from CertoClav

CertoClav tabletop autoclaves are designed for professional laboratory use. Their conception is 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 1800 cabinet

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 cabinet

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.


CV20 pipette

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.

CV8 pipette

Multichannel pipettes

OmniPETTE multichannels feature a revolutionary suspension system which allows the shafts to retract slightly when they are pressed against a row of pipette tips. Each shaft moves independently, resulting in an even sealing force being applied to all 8 or 12 tips.

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:

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