cobas s 201 system for NAT Donor Screening

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An innovation in donor screening.


An integrated, world-class, scalable NAT donor screening system designed to meet variable throughput demands in an automated, technician-friendly environment.

Features & benefits

  • Automated pooling
  • Automated sample preparation and real-time PCR
  • Integrated software and high-capacity server

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Flexible configurations

Let the flexibility and proven technology of the cobas s 201 system help you deliver safe and more efficient donor testing.  

The system can grow to meet your lab’s changing needs, helping your lab stay up and running with a robust, long-term, world-class solution.

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This system provides the efficiency and reliability of real-time polymerasechain reaction (RT-PCR) technology, modular automation, convenient ready-to-use reagents and a robust menu selection.

New assays utilize multi-channel capabilities to provide real-time discrimination of major viruses.

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Created from a unified vision...

an understanding of the need for improved productivity, scalability and reliability. The cobas s 201 donor screening system relies on real-time PCR technology supported by technician-friendly automated pooling, sample preparation, system monitoring and final results reporting. Its scalable design allows for expansion as needed with ready-to-use-reagents, integrated back-up capabilities and built-in contamination control. The cobas s 201 system is your customizable solution for flexible, automated, world-class NAT donor screening.

Automated Pooling

The automated Hamilton STAR family of pipettors and Roche’s proprietary Pooling Wizard  software is unsurpassed for ease in pooling.

Pooling and Data Management Server

The single high-capacity server can accommodate multiple configurations to meet variable throughput needs while providing system safeguards  such as data back-up, data recovery, data redundancy and data retrieval capabilities.

Scalable and Flexible Automation

Powered by a single high-capacity server, the cobas s 201 system lets you establish and change system configurations to meet your workflow  requirements with less labor and provides integrated back-up capabilities.

Scale up or scale down. You can implement a world-class system today that can change to meet your needs tomorrow.

Technology to Support Emerging Pathogens

The cobas s 201 system supports assays with a platform designed for detection of emerging pathogens. The system is designed to easily  accommodate future needs.

Start-to-Finish Monitoring

The system monitors samples, ready-to-use reagents, disposables and the testing process from start to finish.


User-Friendly Software and Server

The software and server provide system security, surveillance and reportingcapabilities. Roche is raising the bar in laboratory quality by providingmaximized flexibility with full system audit and data security.

Superior Service and Support

The cobas s 201 system is made and supported by Roche, the industryleader in service. In the last three Washington G-2 Reports, Roche has beenrated #1 in service and support.* Our service engineers and application specialists are unsurpassed in their responsiveness, professionalism and reliability.

Automated Sample Preparation and Real-Time PCR

Easily manage automated nucleic acid extraction and world-class real-time PCR... See the possibilities.


*Washington G-2 Reports First National Reagent Vendor Quality Survey Report, 2005



One Vision. Many Possibilities.

Flexible configurations that grow with you.


Changes in your testing regimen, staffing, workload or workflow are easier to manage with the flexibility of the cobas s 201 system. Its unique modular and scalable design lets you establish the configurations that meet your requirements for workflow and throughput. It’s easy. And when your needs change, the system can change with you.


The flexible, mix-and-match scalability of the cobas s201 system helps your NAT lab work more efficiently.

The system:

  • Streamlines processes
  • Adjusts to specific workload needs, based on available staff and shift patterns
  • Accommodates integrated back-up
  • Scales up or down to meet changing laboratory needs


The cobas s 201 system gives you powerful automation features in any chosen configuration.  A single high-capacity server with software  supports:
  • Up to 4 Hamilton STAR pipettors 
  • Up to 12 COBAS® AmpliPrep instruments
  • Up to 8 COBAS® TaqMan® analyzers


The information provided in the following pages demonstrate the system’s flexibility and scalability providing valuable insights to consider how the cobas s 201 donor screening system can help you optimize workflow and increase the productivity of your lab.

Other Configurations Available

Regardless of your throughput needs, the cobas s 201 system gives you powerful automation features in many configuration options. Your Roche Diagnostics representative has tools specially designed to help you determine the optimum configuration for your lab.