ÄKTA start

Leave behind the hassle of time-consuming manual protein purification.

Automate your manual purification processes

User friendly

Easy-to-use touchscreen display allows you to start the run at the touch of a button.

Gain deeper insights

Gain valuable insights from real-time monitoring and control-software.

AKTA start

Simplify your work

Purify tagged proteins and antibodies easily using prepacked columns.


Easy transition from manual to automatic purification.

You won’t believe how easy it is.

From method creation and sample loading to fraction collection and data analysis, we’ve thought about how to make your work easier at every step. Let ÄKTA start transform your manual purification workflow into a convenient automated solution that delivers reproducible results.

It’s like having an expert with you all the way.

UNICORN start system control software is user friendly, guiding you through each step in your purification−from creating a protocol and setting up your run to evaluating your results and creating a custom report. See how UNICORN start software saves you time and gives you valuable insight from your run or purification.

Simplify your life and your road to success.

Our application-specific column packages contain ready-to-use columns adapted to your purification task. Whether you’re purifying antibodies, tagged proteins, or untagged (native) proteins, prepacked column packages give you a quick start-up time and reproducible results with minimal effort.

HiTrap Columns

Say goodbye to manual fraction collection

With Frac30 fraction collector, automatically collect your pure protein in volumes ranging from 0.5 to 15 mL. The Frac30 fraction collector supports four different tube sizes (from 1.5 mL to 15 mL) and makes pooling and storing your fractions easy−so that you’re ready for your next research step!

Fraction collector

Protein purification education

You can shape tomorrow’s researchers today by providing them with skills essential for modern protein research laboratories. Start exploring our collection of useful resources for teaching protein purification.


PP education

Spend less time on your runs

“We have more than halved the time it takes to perform a run.”
Dr. Ganesh Prasad, Senior R&D Scientist at Bhat Bio-Tech, India.

Read more about how the switch from manual to automated protein purification turned out a smart investment for Bhat Bio-Tech.

Compact, ergonomic, and intuitive.

ÄKTA start fits neatly on your bench-top and has a front-facing work area that allows easy access to the system. Run ÄKTA start at the touch of a button using the intuitive touchscreen.

Quickly create methods using predefined method templates.
Automate buffer switching and mixing.
Conveniently load large samples using the pump.
Control the system using the easy-to-use touchscreen or via UNICORN start software.
Real-time monitoring of absorbance, conductivity, flow, and presssure.
Automatically collect purified protein using the Frac30 fraction collector.
Three different column positions to support your purification needs.


Parameter Specification
Application Protein purification system for easy transition from manual to automated procedures
Flow rate range 0.5—5 mL/min operational range (up to 10 mL/min wash range)
Max. operating pressure 0.5 MPa
Tubing inner diameter 1.6/0.75/0.8/0.5/1.0 mm
Viscosity range 0.6–5 cP
UV, fixed wave length Yes, 280 nm
Buffer selection 2 buffer inlets
Conductivity range 0–300 mS/cm
Fraction collector Optional, Frac30
Pump type Peristaltic pump: single channel, four roller pump head with low pulsation
Dimensions (W × H × D) 340 × 360 × 280 mm
Weight Up to 53 kg
Protection class IP21
Power supply 100–240 V, ~50–60 Hz
Power consumption 95 VA
Applicable requirements 2006/42/EC (MD), 2004/108/EC (EMC), 2006/95/EC (LVD)
29 CFR, Part 1910.7
Compliance The product fulfills valid directives and standards when used within the conditions specified in the user manual. The product must also be used in the same state as it was delivered from GE Healthcare and connected only to other CE labeled GE Healthcare modules or other products as recommended. For regulatory details, please see declaration of conformity.

For more technical specifications, download the ÄKTA start datafile.

What our customers are saying

"The cost is low enough for undergraduate students to be allowed to 'play' with the instrument, without any major concerns. I am pleased that we are obtaining the very first unit of ÄKTA start in India, and hope that hundreds of undergraduates and graduates will learn chromatography using it over the coming years."

Prof. P Guptasarma, head, Department of Biological Sciences
@ Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Mohali. INDIA

"It is so easy for us to repeat a purification method once we have it set up in the software. We can easily use it again and again.”

Dr. Ganesh Prasad, Senior R&D Scientist at Bhat Bio-Tech, India.

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