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1. Longo MC, Berninger MS, Hartley JL. Use of uracil DNA glycosylase to control carry-over contamination in  polymerase chain reactions. Gene. 1990;93:125-8. PMID: 2227421.
2. Mol CD,  Arvai AS, Slupphaug G, et al. Crystal structure and mutational analysis of human uracil-DNA glycosylase:  structural basis for specificity and catalysis. Cell. 1995;80:869-78. PMID: 7697717.
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Amount of sample requiredAmount of sample processed + minimally 150 μL in cobas omni secondary tubes
Amount of sample processedIndicated as Processing volume (μL) in the Utility Channel Tool
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(P/N 09052011190)
Kit componentsReagent ingredientsQuantity per kit
192 tests
192 test cassette

Proteinase Solution (PASE)
Tris buffer, < 0.05% EDTA, calcium chloride, calcium acetate, 8% (w/v) proteinase
EUH210: Safety data sheet available on request.
EUH208: Contains Subtilisin. May produce an allergic reaction.
22.3 mL
RNA Internal Control
Tris buffer, < 0.05% EDTA, armored RNA construct containing primer and probe-specific sequence regions (non-infectious RNA in MS2 bacteriophage), < 0.1% sodium azide21.2 mL
Elution Buffer (EB)Tris buffer, 0.2% methyl-4 hydroxybenzoate21.2 mL
Master Mix
Reagent 1
Manganese acetate, potassium hydroxide, < 0.1% sodium azide7.5 mL
Master Mix Reagent 2
cobas omni Utility Channel Master Mix Reagent 2
Tricine buffer, potassium acetate, < 18% dimethyl sulfoxide, glycerol, < 0.1% Tween 20, EDTA, < 0.12% dATP, dCTP, dGTP, dUTPs, < 0.01% internal control forward and reverse primers, < 0.01% fluorescent-labeled oligonucleotide probes specific for RNA-IC, < 0.01% oligonucleotide aptamer, < 0.01% Z05D DNA polymerase, < 0.1% AmpErase (uracil-N- glycosylase) enzyme (microbial), < 0.1% sodium azide19.6 mL
(2 x 9.8 mL)
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cobas omni Utility Channel

Open channel testing, allowing you to do more with less

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Open channel testing, enabling you to do more with less

In today's cost-driven healthcare environment, many laboratories are searching for ways to increase operational gains. Open channel assays, including IVD and Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs), can play an important role not only in achieving financial objectives but in redefining a laboratory's value within the wider healthcare environment. 

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Expand your testing possibilities

The cobas omni Utility Channel, a dedicated open channel for use on the cobas® 5800/6800/8800 Systems, enables a broader testing menu by consolidating open channel assays with Roche IVD assays on a single platform. This is a key component of the Molecular Work Area, giving labs the ability to consolidate and automate a wider array of testing on a single platform. 

Validated Assays

Consolidate and automate a wider array of CE-IVD testing on the cobas® 5800/6800/8800 Systems with validated assays on the cobas omni Utility Channel.

Validated assays minimize variability and complexity in testing, reducing workload and alleviating risk of error for laboratories.

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Primer and Probe Sets

Save time during test design by using primer and probe sets that have been optimized on the cobas omni Utility Channel

Learn more about the primer and probe sets* available:

C. Difficile
Influenza A/B & RSV

*Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostics procedures.

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Custom designed LDTs

Truly customize your menu by developing LDTs on the cobas omni Utility Channel for further lab consolidation. The LDT testing workflow uses the same processes, consumables and reagents as IVD testing.

Configure your assays to detect up to 12 individual targets from three different PCRs in a single run with no pre-sorting required.

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Greater flexibility and scalability

The consolidation and full automation of IVD and LDTs help to maximize laboratory space, minimize capital investment, and decrease operational costs, giving your laboratory the flexibility to explore opportunities with confidence.

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cobas omni Utility Channel performance summary

  • Sample handling

    No pre-sorting required for LDT or IVD samples

  • Flexible testing

    Detect up to 12 targets per run

  • Sample types

    Common sample types supported between IVD and LDT testing

  • Result reporting

     Results reported as Reactive/Non-Reactive based on your Ct range

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Package inserts

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