Diagnostic Test Kits / Sample Protection & Preparation / Vaccine Cold Storage / Vaccine & Biotherapeutic Production / Liquid Handling / Frontline Medical Supplies

The emergence of the new virus SARS-CoV-2 and resulting illness referred to as COVID-19 has placed an incredible workload on people and laboratories testing patient samples.

We have compiled an easy reference guide on how we can assist you to speed up your testing, protect sample integrity, perform repeatable diagnostics and advance research. In addition, Labotec have sourced a range of frontline medical supplies. All equipment is available in stock or on priority listing.

Diagnostic Test Kits

Real Time Multiplex RT-PCR Kit

This kit was the 1st IVD (In-Vitro Diagnostic) approved by CFDA (China’s FDA) for detection of 2019-nCoV RNA. The kit tests for three CoV-19 conserved genes: ORF1ab (RdRp), N and E genes which are readily testable via RT-PCR. This single-step RT-PCR allows for the assay to be performed in a single tube.

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AmpliMax Viral RNA Kit

The AmpliMax Viral RNA kit from Gene-Vantage employs superparamagnetic spherical particles that selectively bind viral RNA fragments, forming a particle-nucleic acid complex that is easily separated from the aqueous phase using a magnet.

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IsoBind Viral RNA Kit

Locally manufactured by Gene-Vantage, the IsoBind Viral RNA kit is based on silica spin column technology and designed for the isolation of viral RNA from cell free fluids such as plasma, serum, urine, swabs & cell culture supernatant.

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Vaccine Cold Storage

The cold supply chain needs to remain intact when delivering the Covid-19 vaccine to all corners of the country where the temperatures need to go well below zero degrees Celcius to prevent the vaccine from breaking down before it reaches the patients arm. Our specialists have explored the best options for the Covid-19 vaccine, and there is a comprehensive strategy available for this. Read our article – How will Africa keep it cold enough?

Refrigerators 2-8 °C

Thermo Scientific™ TSX Series high-performance under-counter lab refrigerators support sample protection and sustainability objectives for the storage of vaccines, pharmaceutical and other research and medical products.

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Freezer -20, -30, -40°C

Thermo Scientific™ TSX Series high-performance auto defrost freezers are designed with features that support sample protection and sustainability objectives for the storage of clinical and vaccine storage requiring -20 to -40°C..

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Ultra-low Freezers -80°C

Thermo Scientific™ Forma™ FDE Series ultra-low temperature freezers, powered by H-drive feature four upright models, maximizing storage capacity from 30,000 up to 60,000 2 mL vials. The FDE series is a sustainable and reliable solution with ultimate sample security and operational savings.

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Elcold meets the vaccine challenges

Elcold’s VAC freezer covers both Covid vaccines and can operate all the way from -20° C to -70° C.
The important features are:

• High capacity & small footprint
• Best quality for price – you will get a top-quality freezer, based on complex technology
• Well tested & reliable product – similar products have been in the market for 15 years

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Safe transport & storage: PDF data loggers

Easy-to-use data loggers with USB plug are the safe and optimal solution for the monitoring of vaccines
and remedies during transport and storage!

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Forma Cryomed Control Rate Freezer

The CryoMed 2.0 controlled-rate freezer (CRF) is ideal for customers in research, cell and gene therapy, vaccine production, and biobanking that need repeatable freezing capabilities at a controlled rate.

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Sample Protection & Preparation

Automated PCR Testing For COVID-19 With Assist Plus

INTEGRA have developed the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot to streamline routine pipetting tasks at an affordable price.

Integra’s partner BioTools deployed an ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot in a molecular diagnostics lab in Brisbane. Read this article to learn how they use it to accelerate COVID-19 testing of patient samples.

Suitable Water Systems

Elga has just launched Quest, the only purifier on the market that dispenses all 3 types of science ready water (Type I, II & III) from a compact, economical and easy to use system using a tap water input.

Elga Purelab Flex is also popular among labs testing for COVID-19 in Europe.

General Lab Local

For all your basic essentials, Labotec Eco-Range is locally manufactured with 32 ranges to choose from.


The Thermo Scientific™ FORMA 160i CO2 incubator with the Thermo Scientific™ Cell Locker™ system is an innovative solution of removable, protected chambers designed for improved culturing efficiency and security for sensitive cultures.

Captair Bio Smart  PCR Workstations for complete protection of your RNA and DNA amplifications when performing any PCR work. (When working with a patients’ sample use a BSC Class II/III).

Long Term storage of all COVID-19 specimen types must be done at temperatures below -70ºC as specified by the WHO and CDC in recent publications. Thermo Scientific™ provides a complete range of -86ºC Ultra Low Temperature Freezers.

The Hettich Micro 185 is powerful at the micro level, has a maintenance free motor, achieves high RCF values and maintains steady temperature control for best sample results.

The Labotec Labocool fridges have an operating range from +2 to 8°C. Ideal for general storage, reagents and kits and more.

When you need to increase sample storage capacity due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Thermo Scientific FDE / TSX series, support sample protection and sustainability objectives for the storage of clinical and laboratory-grade storage requiring -30°C.

Light Cycler For Single & Multiplex Real Time Pcr Assays

The abCyclerQ from AIT Biotech is a six channel (5 fluorescence colours and 1 FRET channel) for real-time PCR. This combination of optical technology (7 seconds for optical scanning) and precise temperature control (1-100°C) ensures reliable detection for both single and multiplex real-time PCR assays.


Filtration of viral & bacterial pollutants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these units from Erlab, known as Halo Smart P, are particulary suitable for small enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces.



Vaccine & Biotherapeutic Production

Open-Architecture Bioproduction Solution

With vaccine development now in the spotlight, Labotec and ThermoFisher Scientific are able to provide an open-architecture solution through single-use bioproduction technologies and consumables to those in vaccine research and development.


Liquid Handling

Watch this video to learn how the VIAFLO 96/384 electronic pipette can supercharge your throughput for viral nucleic acid extraction and PCR set-up in 96 or 384 well plates, without requiring long training and set-up times.

Save hours of pipetting. See how the Dallas Testing lab for COVID-19 is using the Integra VOYAGER to process their test kits (at 1:15 mark)

Quick set dials and best-in-class tips ensure pipetting tasks get completed quickly and accurately with the INTEGRA Evolve manual pipettes.


Making COVID-19 ELISA testing safer and easier with convenient buffer removal

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the development of a number of novel RT-PCR based tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in patients.



Efficient filling of tubes with viral transport medium to support COVID-19 testing

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a strain on resources in a number of areas, including laboratory testing.



Reagent Reservoir with 12 Compartments

This new multichannel reservoir is especially useful for serial dilutions and transferring 8 or 12 different samples simultaneously into a 96 well plate. INTEGRA SureFlo™ anti-sealing array on the bottom of each well prevents pipette tip seal off and spreads liquid evenly, offering even lower dead volumes!

Frontline Medical Supplies


Labotec supplies a range of masks. Choose from the disposable 3-layer masks, Medical disposable LB3PLY-CE, Medical ear loop masks Type IIR.



CE approved thermometers


Foot operated hand sanitizer dispenser stand

In a COVID-19 world, it is essential to offer hand sanitiser for your shoppers, clients, employees, staff or students at all entrances.

This allows a non-contact dispensing solution for hand sanitisers.

Enviroclean Waterless Hand Sanitizer or Gel

Available in 100ml, 500ml, 1000ml, 5L and 25L

70% alcohol content

Clear blue liquid for effective sanitizing of hands.

Prices Slashed!!

3 Layer Mask Medical disposable LB3PLY-CE

Thermometers: In-stock. No minimum orders.