Compare Multiplex Platforms

There are three main technologies utilizing the multiplexing format. The Q-Plex™ Technology is a planar-based format in 96-well plates whereas other technologies employ costly electro-chemiluminescent or complex bead-based arrays. Below is a comparison chart compiled from public information on these different methodologies.

Q-Plex™ TechnologyElectro-ChemiluminescentBead-Based
Time2100 data points / test960 data points / test>5000 data points / test
Sample Size15-50 µl / test50-100 µl / test12.5-50 µl / test
Cost$1,318 (9-Plex)$1,519 (10-Plex)$2,002 (9-Plex)
ProtocolSimilar to ELISAComplex-electronic chip in 96 well plateComplex-microfluidic channels
EquipmentQ-View Imager ($16-38K)Equipment ($60-250K)Equipment ($50-200K)
Sample TypesMany typesMany typesProblems with serum and other viscous samples
VariationAcceptable Variability ≤10% CVAcceptable Variability ≤10% CVBead-lot to lot variability
Cost Per Data Point$0.85 per data point$1.58 per data point$2.02 per data point
SensitivityLow pg/mLLow pg/mLLow pg/mL
High ThroughputPossiblePossibleNot Possible