Our increasingly connected world enables the rapid spread of infectious diseases, requiring rapid and accurate surveillance and monitoring. Roche Molecular Diagnostics offers a broad range of assays to detect and quantify viral and bacterial pathogens, in both single and multiplex formats.

cobas® 6800/8800

Own the future

Integrated, fully automated molecular testing platforms available in medium and high-throughput models designed for blood screening, viral load monitoring, women’s health, and microbiology testing.

As molecular testing evolves, so can you.

Features and Benefits

Unparalleled Performance

Rapidly complete daily testing requirements with the highest throughput available and the fastest time to results.

  • Process up to 384 (cobas® 6800) and 960 (cobas® 8800) tests in an          8-hour shift.*
  • Up to 96 test results are available in less than 3.5 hours*, with an additional 96 results available every 90 minutes thereafter for cobas® 6800 and every 30 minutes thereafter for cobas® 8800

Absolute Automation

Minimal and intuitive interactions with the systems provide users with eight (cobas® 6800) and four hours (cobas® 8800) of “work-away” time* while also reducing the potential for human error.

  • Ready-to-use reagents ensure no thawing, mixing or pouring
  • Improves productivity with onboard storage and refrigeration system maintaining inventory of consumables and reagents
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and barcodes ensure full traceability, eliminating the need for manual records

Unmatched Flexibility

Run the tests you want when you want without the need for further user interactions.

  • Perform up to 3 tests in the same run without presorting or batching
  • Optimize sample utilization by processing up to 3 different tests from the menu using a single patient sample
  • Quickly and easily handle high-priority samples with the dedicated priority lane
  • Consolidated and expanding menu to meet your needs today and tomorrow

The portfolio includes the cobas® 6800/8800 systems; the cobas p 680 instrument to support the creation of donor sample pools; three next-generation assays for viral load testing: cobas® HIV-1, cobas® HCV; and cobas® CMV plus two next-generation assays for donor screening: cobas® MPX, cobas® WNV. 

*May vary based on workflow demands.


cobas® 4800 

Engineered for Peace of Mind

Fully automated sample preparation with real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology for amplification and detection.

Best combination of technologies available:

cobas x 480 Instrument

  • Fully automated sample preparation from primary vials
  • Ready-to-use, load-and-go reagents
  • No thawing or mixing required
  • Less than 20-minute set-up for full run of 94 samples

cobas z 480 Analyzer

  • Real-time PCR with digital data capture provides accurate qualitative results with no gray zone
  • Eliminates the need for equivocal sample retesting
  • Advanced results algorithm eliminates the need for manual curve analysis

Features and Benefits

Easy-to-learn and easy-to-use software

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Requires only a few hours training at all levels of laboratory personnel
  • Seamlessly integrates both system components

Streamlines Workflow

  • Fully automated sample preparation
  • High quality nucleic acid extraction technology
  • Robust engineering reduces maintenance and downtime
  • Bidirectional connectivity with an LIS for automated results reporting reduces labor and potential for error

Promotes Lab Efficiency

  • Processes up to 384 samples a day
  • Efficient for labs with lower throughput requirements
  • Load primary collection tubes and liquid cytology vials directly on the system
  • Minimal input volumes allow multiple tests from the same patient specimen

cobas p 480 

Automated sample handling increases efficiency while reducing repetitive tasks.

The cobas p 480 instrument reduces hands-on time and offers a fast, reliable way to manage sample caps while eliminating repetitive motions that can cause injury.

  • General-purpose, stand-alone instrument for automated sample handling
  • Up to 94 specimens per run processed in less than 30 minutes

Automated uncapping of mixed samples

  • cobas® PCR Media tubes
  • SurePath™ containers
  • PreservCyt® containers

Automated recapping

  • cobas® PCR Media tubes
  • SurePath™ containers

Standardized sample handling

  • Automated barcode check and alignment
  • Automated mixing produces consistent homogeneity
  • Precision movement reduces the risk of cross-contamination
  • Minimizes the potential for human error

Increases laboratory efficiency

  • Simple, user-friendly operation
  • Processes multiple sample types simultaneously
  • Offers the flexibility to support a variety of throughput requirements
  • High-throughput operation allows a single instrument to support more than one analytic system
  • No LIS or data connection required

Replacement caps ensure a quality seal

  • Protect recapped samples for transport, storage or other testing needs
  • Better seal integrity compared to parafilm or cellophane over pierced or open samples
  • Packaged for easy loading and automated recapping