We are a life science company with brilliant ideas & pioneering spirit

QINSTRUMENTS was founded in 2003 and recently surpassed 30 employees. Our solutions improve human health by automating sample preparation. The company designs and builds innovative solutions for mixing and temperature control of molecular samples on robotic liquid handling platforms that accelerate and streamline research, drug discovery and clinical diagnostics.

Part of BICO’s Bioautomation business area since October 2021, the company is headquartered in Jena, Germany and has a global supplier network. We serve multiple markets through strategic alliances with lab automation partners who have well-established marketing and distribution capabilities.

QINSTRUMENTS is a leading provider of products and services

that advance sample preparation for biomedical & life science research.

Spirit of innovation

QINSTRUMENTS combines life science applications with innovative customer-centric products and systems, based on a broad range of proprietary technologies covered by an extensive portfolio of international patents. Internal R&D is the technological basis for our growing range of innovative products for lab automation.

Our flexible and modular solutions allow customers to upgrade and reconfigure their automation equipment as their assays, technology, or workflows change. These application-specific solutions and small devices are used in laboratory processes ranging from flow cytometry and cell sorting to next-generation sequencing analyses.

Bring project ideas to life with our innovations

Spirit of technology

QINSTRUMENTS is the industry leader in mixing technology for life science applications, spanning a wide spectrum of enterprise products. BioShake mixing products have been sold worldwide for over 18 years, establishing a reputation for quality and continually reinforcing it with world-class support and novel methods for keeping critical customer systems operating. 

Our engineers are also the first pioneers to invent a uniquely designed miniature heater shaker equipped with an automatic microplate clamping mechanism. Coupled with integrated electronic controls and proprietary mixing technology, it has become the gold standard in laboratory mixing processes. These combinations enable users to continually improve their workflow processes, accelerating scientific innovations, discoveries, and cures. We also run an endurance test lab to support our customers with service on the approval and conformity side.

We have extensive and unique know-how

  • Thin and sensor-equipped heater elements for homogeneous temperature behaviour
  • Planar and vibration-free guidance systems for laboratory shaker
  • Vibration-free drive technologies
  • New drive technologies for the combination of centrifuges and shakers
  • Clamping mechanisms for microplates
  • Miniaturization of conventional techniques

What we do

Accelerating Science and Medicine

Our customers include life-science research laboratories, university medical centres and drug discovery laboratories in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. Our solutions enable rapid and reliable production of trustworthy data, enabling compelling research that drives the world of science forward.

Our team invents user-friendly and intuitive systems that enable multi-disciplinary research in a rapid, cost-efficient manner. With BICO, we share a common vision of applying precision engineering to biomedical processes, and our systems can be seamlessly integrated into BICO’s existing workflows.

WO2008135565 · US8323588 · EP2144716 · WO2011113858 · US9126162 · EP2547431



QINSTRUMENTS is owner of numerous patents worldwide. We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Please respect our intellectual property. Please notify us in writing, by email or mail to our designated agent, if you believe that a user has infringed our intellectual property rights.

WO2008135565, US8323588, EP2144716:
Sample handling device for and methods of handling a sample

WO2011113858, US9126162, EP2547431:
Positioning unit for a functional unit

WO2013113847, US10052598, EP2809436:
Cog-based mechanism for generating an orbital shaking motion

WO2013113849, US9371889, EP2809435:
Mechanism for generating an orbital motion or a rotation motion by inversing a drive direction of a drive unit         

WO2014207243, US10239063, EP3013480:
Application-specific sample processing by modules surrounding a rotor mechanism for sample mixing and sample separation

Laboratory apparatus comprising a fixing mechanism for fixing a slide

Laboratory apparatus comprising a mixing mechanism for mixing a medium of a slide

QInstruments® (QINSTRUMENTS GmbH)




Nature’s Perfect Design

The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth & as such, symbolizes our way of working:

Quick actions and reactions, experience on the field, complete availability for our clientele, availability of documentation, tables, know-how & ample knowledge with the possibility of carrying out patents and standards!

Contact us

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or proposal. We'll do our best to improve and assist.