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IK4 develops a portable device for detecting Salmonella in under an hour
Date:1/22/2009

or its clinical application and its diagnosis for the presence of Salmonella spp. in persons with colitis.IKERLAN-IK4 has also worked on the development of manufacturing technology for the production of the Laboratory on a Chip. This advance will enable the development of a great variety of new devices in the future.

The OPTOLABCARD project is currently in its final stage, having developed and patented exclusive technology for Micromanufacture and Molecular Diagnosis. The convergence of these two technologies together with the biological results mentioned corroborate the healthy position of IK4 Technological Alliance and is a great opportunity for the development of various and future laboratories miniaturised on a Chip.

Applications of the new device

Although there are many possible applications for the new device, research in this project has focused on two applications differentiated by the type of samples and the pathogen for detection: the detection of campylobacteriosis in farm animals (animal health application) and the identification of salmonellosis amongst persons (human health application). The final stage of the project involved the validation of the device for these types of samples.

One of the great advantages of this device is the rapidity of the whole process of analysis, including the concentrating and preparation of the sample and the detection of pathogens by PCR, in comparison to the procedures habitually employed in laboratories of reference. Likewise, the device's easy-to-use handling and portability will enable a diagnostic analysis in the doctor's surgery itself.


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