BJS Biotechnologies, founded in 1995, is a world leader in the development of ultra-high speed thermocycling technology, the backbone of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing.
PCR is an indispensable biochemical technology in medical and biological research, using thermal cycling to heat and cool DNA samples for a wide variety of healthcare and research applications, including diagnosis of diseases and infections, genetic fingerprinting, and the functional analysis of genes (Phylogeny).
BJS Biotechnologies’ latest innovation is its q-PCR xxpress® thermal cycler, previewed at Biotechnica in October 2011. The device provides the world’s fastest and most thermally uniform PCR tests, and is capable of carrying out a full 40 cycle PCR test in under 10 minutes, delivering a step change in real-time PCR that gives today’s biotechnologists a tool to dramatically increase their productivity. We were tasked with creating an intuitive and straightforward interface running over Windows 7 that enables healthcare professionals and biological researchers to interact with this groundbreaking tool in a laboratory environment.
Development was split into several phases, in conjunction with the client, and our product partners Tactiq, who were responsible for creating the hardware platform for the q-PCR xxpress® unit.
Our primary focus was on refining user interaction the unit, and we worked extensively with end users to determine how best to incorporate their needs and working practices into our interface design. The touchscreen interface uses large, clearly defined selection buttons, and scrolling screens to set up parameters for each test, and provides live data during the test via timers, thermal profiling progress, and florescence results, in the form of a detailed graph. The development phase for Data Analysis will follow user testing of the q-PCR xxpress® unit, and it is envisaged that data will be transferrable to desktop and laptop computers via USB.