Application Note: Automation of the IDEXX Avian Influenza Virus Antibody Test Kit Using Individual Components and a Twister II from BioTek
13 May 2008

The screening of chicken flocks for Avian Influenza Virus provides an important role in insuring that bird flocks are disease free. The sheer numbers of animals that need to be tested under normal circumstances in many animal test facilities requires that large numbers of samples be processed daily. In the event of a disease outbreak, the test-volume would be expected to increase many fold beyond the current levels in specific regions. The ability to automate the process represents tremendous savings in time and manpower. This application note describes the BioTek robotic system used to automate the IDEXX Avian Influenza Virus Antibody Test Kit.