What is VIP?
VolTRAX is an automated, programmable USB device designed to prepare samples rapidly and simply, from a variety of sources using both basic and advanced molecular biology methods with minimal user interaction. Read more
The VolTRAX Introduction Programme (VIP) will introduce researchers to the VolTRAX system and foster rapid development of the system, software and applications before broad release. The fee for participation in the first wave of the VIP will be $2,100.
To take part in the VIP you will need to be part of the Nanopore community.
VIP Participants (VIPs) will receive:
- A VolTRAX device
- A supply of cartridges (minimum of 6) and reagent kits to validate the technology
- Access to the VIP channel in the online Nanopore community, where you can exchange best practice or collaborate with other VIPs, access latest protocols and update information, and receive online support from Oxford Nanopore
- Opportunity to participate in follow on validation tests using additional cartridges and reagents
- Fee for participation in the first wave of the VIP will be $2,100
- Cartridges may be delivered in more than one shipment
The VIP process
Register your interest for VIP using this simple form
Priority will be given to members of the Nanopore Community. If you aren’t already a member, join now by buying a MinION starter pack. For $1,000 you receive a MinION, two Flow Cells and the relevant kits.
We plan to ship the first devices around the time of the Nanopore Community meeting in early December. As launch time approaches a number of invitations will be sent out. We anticipate a high demand for VolTRAX so if you are not in the first wave of invitations please bear with us – we will get to you as soon as possible
If you receive an invitation you will be invited to pay your VIP access fee in the Nanopore store. This is priced at $2,100.
Once the VIP fee has been purchased a VolTRAX device and other elements of the VIP starter pack will be dispatched to you. You will receive operating instructions through the VolTRAX channel of the online community.
Getting ready for VolTRAX
Minimal lab consumables and instruments required.
We have developed VolTRAX to further simplify and speed up the process of DNA analysis, and to enable people without lab skills or indeed a lab to perform nanopore sequencing. The following consumables are needed to use VolTRAX at the start of VIP.
10ul Pipette and pipette tip
PC with a USB 3 connector
Anyone who took part in the MinION Access Programme, which ran from 2014-2015, will recall the rapid pace of iteration of the technology before it was launched commercially in May 2015. The same will be true for both the VIP and the PromethION Early Access Programme (PEAP)
At first, the device will automate current core MinION or PromethION library prep. The range of capabilities will expand during the VIP.
VolTRAX will be iterating rapidly. New functionalities will be added and it will be designed to keep up with chemistry upgrades applied to MinION and PromethION Chemistry