STMicroelectronics Works with Alifax on Rapid, Cost-Efficient Point-of-Care Medical Testing - Seite 2
ST has demonstrated its efficacy and efficiency to scale reliable, high-volume manufacturing of semiconductors and its expertise in microfluidics for more than 25 years. Moreover, roughly 10 years of proven success in developing MEMS-based Real-Time PCR technologies has now culminated in a product generation that Alifax has rapidly adapted to address the current global pandemic.
“Building on our passion for research and excellence in innovation, Alifax has established its strength in hematology and bacteriology for diagnostic purposes. By working closely with ST and combining its foundational microfluidic and other technology in the Molecular Mouse and our pathogen-specific assays, starting from a COVID-19 test, we’re ready to contribute to rapidly diagnosing, isolating, and ultimately stopping the spread of pathogens,” said Paolo Galiano, President Alifax.
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Certified to CE-IVD3 the Molecular Mouse, disposable test cartridges, and assays are available now from Alifax.
You can watch a video on Molecular Mouse at https://www.alifax.com/products/nuova-category-page/show/molecular-mou ....
Further Technical Information
With a footprint4 smaller than a smartphone, the Alifax Molecular Mouse can run real-time quantitative Polymerase Chain Reactions (qPCR) on small5 disposable cartridges, manufactured by ST using its high-volume semiconductor manufacturing process technology.
Each cartridge features 6 tiny reaction chambers (for the COVID-19 test, Alifax is using 2 chambers per sample). Each chamber supports precise heating and cooling of the reagents and samples to amplify the target genetic material, if it is present.
At the same time, exploiting the customized reagents that feature fluorescent tags developed by Alifax specifically to detect COVID-19, the Molecular Mouse determines the presence of the target genetic material in each chamber based on fluorescence intensity on multiple wavelengths.
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