The Hunter Real-Time PCR System

Unlike many other diagnostic testing technologies, including traditional RT-PCR, InstantLabs' Hunter Real-Time PCR instrument combines accuracy, speed, and ease of operation into a compact portable system. The Hunter system is designed for use at points-of-need to detect and analyze a wide variety of problematic foodborne pathogens. The system's portability, combined with its flexibility and remarkable ease of use, allow seamless integration into food industry firms' current processes and facilities.

The Hunter system delivers diagnostic results in only a few steps while also dramatically reducing sample and reagent requirements. In addition, testing turnaround times with the Hunter system are measured in hours, not the days required by traditional methods such as agar plate cultures.

The Hunter system's innovative features include:


  • Compact, lightweight, portable unit
  • Integrated reader/controller, disposable assay cartridges, thermocycler and software
  • Error-proof features such as intuitive touch-screen, color- and bar-coded chemistry-ready cartridges
  • Need for fewer steps, resulting in significantly faster processing and fewer operator errors
  • Easy-to-interpret results
  • Less than one day of training required for technicians to attain proficiency
  • Unit cost within most lab management capital budgets
  • Built-in optional networking and wireless features capable of both decentralized data capture and secure centralized monitoring
  • Optional automated emailing of results

System Components

  • Hunter instrument
  • Multiple Assay Cartridge (MAC)

Hunter instrument specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.2 cm x 41.2 cm x 22 cm (6.77 in. H x 16.22 in. W x 8.66 in. D)
  • Weight: 5.4 Kg (11.9 lbs.)
  • Power usage: 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%) at 3 amps
  • Peak block heat rate ~ 4.5°C/sec
  • Peak block cool rate ~ 4.5°C/sec
  • Warm up time: ~10 minutes


  • Six (6) test wells
  • Well 6 reserved for negative control
  • Optional positive control (default well 5)
  • 1-3 hour run time depending on assay
  • Supported volume 20ul
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