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Applications - General

1.1 Will my cells work with your systems?

In most cases, yes, your cells will work with the system. Whether a cell is compatible or not is dependent on many things such as the size and fragility of the cells. Please contact our applications team at for a detailed list of cells that have been trialed in our Nadia product family.

1.2 What size cells can be used in your systems?

Cells up to 60 µm in diameter can be used on the Nadia Instrument. We advise that cells do not exceed this size to avoid blockages.

1.3 Can I use a very small sample of cells?

Yes. The Nadia Instrument supports volumes as small as 100µl.

1.4 What concentration of cells/beads do you need to run RNAdia on the Nadia instrument?

Cells and beads are advised to be used at a concentration of 300 and 600 per µl, respectively. Lower concentrations can be used, but be aware that this will affect capture rate. 


1.5 Do you sell beads/buffers/reagent kits?

Yes, we sell the RNAdia kits for single cell RNA-Sequencing containing all reagents from sample encapsulation to sequencing library generation. Find our kits here

1.6 Do you have a list of cell types that your system has been used with?
  • Mouse hybridoma
  • CHO
  • Human and Mouse B-cells
  • Human T-cells
  • Cardiomyocytes
  • Hepatocytes
  • Jurkat cells
  • HEK
  • 3T3
  • Endometrium
  • Yeast
  • Plant Protoplasts
  • Bacterial cells such as E.coli and Streptomyces
  • Nuclei
  • Genomic DNA
  • and many more

To enquire whether you can use the Nadia system with your cell types, contact our applications team at

1.7 What range of droplet sizes can you make on one chip?

Typically, 20% larger or smaller than the junction size (this is achieved by varying the pressure/flow rate). On the Nadia instrument using the Innovate module, you can generate droplets between ~65µm and 100µm in diameter.

1.8 How long are droplets stable for?

Around a week at room temperature or two weeks at 4°C when kept in a sealed container to avoid evaporation.

1.9 Will the Dolomite Bio systems carry out downstream processes such as PCR/Sequencing?

The Dolomite Bio systems provide a solution for encapsulating single cells into droplets with/without beads. The Nadia Instrument generates a set of beads with mRNA attached, ready for downstream processing. The RNAdia kit  then provides everything you need from sample encapsulation to sequencing library generation. If you have queries about the protocol downstream of the encapsulation process, please contact

1.10 Can you change buffers and reagents that are used in the system?

Yes, the Nadia Instrument when combined with Nadia Innovate is fully flexible allowing the use of own reagents and the development of applications.

1.11 Which sequencing platforms are compatible with single cell libraries from the Nadia platform?

All cDNA libraries prepared from the Nadia Instrument are fully compatible with short-read sequencing on Illumina and long-read sequencing on PacBio or Oxford Nanopore sequencing devices.

1.12 What is the maximum frame rate that you can capture per second?


1.13 What is the minimum exposure time on the microscope with the Nadia Innovate?

50 ms

Applications – scRNA-Seq/sNuc-Seq

2.1 What is the capture efficiency of cells?

This is dependent on the concentration of the beads you are using, but when using our advised concentrations, the capture rate for cells is 10%. Meaning that 10% of the input cells will be captured, e.g. if you encapsulate 75,000 cells 7,500 will be captured for sequencing.

2.2 How much oil/cells/beads do you consume in one standard scRNA-Seq run?

250µl bead solution, 250µl cell solution and 3ml oil (for 20 min run and highest recommended flow rates).

2.3 How many samples can I run in parallel?

You can run either 1, 2, 4 or up to 8 samples in parallel in a 20 min run on the Nadia Instrument.

2.4 Can I change droplet size or buffer compositions on the Nadia Instrument?

Run parameters such as pressures, stirrer speeds and temperatures can be altered when combining the Nadia Instrument with Nadia Innovate. This enables the Nadia Instrument to perform novel applications or use different buffer compositions for scRNA-seq.

2.5 How many single cell libraries can you make per hour?

Up to 48,000 single cell libraries in 20 minutes when using an 8-way cartridge on the Nadia instrument.




Product demonstration/workshops

3.1 How can I see your products?

If you are looking to see the products live and running, we regularly run workshops or demonstrations in many countries around the world. Please get in touch with one of our single cell experts to learn how and when here.

3.2 When is the next Dolomite Bio webinar?

Please visit our webinar page to find out more.

Purchasing, installation and post-sale support

4.1 Do you provide installation and training?

Yes, installation and training can be (and typically for all system purchases, will be) included in the quotation. Please check your quotation.

4.2 Why do I need/what is installation and training?

Installation and training involves a specialist from the Dolomite Bio team visiting your institute to firstly install (set up and test performance of) the system. It also includes dedicated training of you and your colleagues, where we can help you understand the system, how to set it up and give guidance on your application. This often proves essential for users who have not used a microfluidic platform or are unfamiliar with the application and its set up.

4.3 How do I place an order?

If you already have a quote, please email your purchase order to (Dolomite Bio is a brand of Blacktrace). If you would like a quote, please visit Request a Quote.

4.4 What if I have a problem?

If you run into any problems with the system, please contact our support team at

4.5 How do I get software updates?

The latest version of FCC is downloadable from our download page under software downloads.

4.6 How does installation and training work during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Dolomite Bio continues to supply our customers with products and support also during the current pandemic. All installations and training can be carried out remotely via 1-to-1 guided instruction by one of our applications team members.


5.1 Are the chips single-use consumables?

Nadia instrument and Nadia Innovate chips are single-use consumables that are discarded after a run.

5.2 How do I clean my Nadia instrument/Innovate?

The Nadia product family does not have wetted parts and therefore doesn't require cleaning. Chips are one time use and are therefore disposed of after every experiment.

5.3 How do I know what products/consumables/accessories I need?

We are able to advise you and produce system quotes on products if you are unsure of what you need to run your application. Please contact us.

Dolomite Bio

6.1 What is the difference between Dolomite and Dolomite Bio?

Dolomite provides microfluidic components, such as pumps, chips and other accessories, which can be used for various different applications or function as microfluidic system solutions.

Dolomite Bio is focused on developing and selling products, typically complete systems and consumables to biologists. Many of these products are focussed on specific biological technologies such as, but not limited to, Single Cell RNA Seq. Some of these products contain microfluidics but this is not the focus of Dolomite Bio.

6.2 Do you have any job vacancies at Dolomite Bio?

Yes, vacancies are updated regularly on our Careers page