Automated Pathogen Detection

Espira’s Automated Pathogen Detection Unit has the advantage of rapidly purifying DNA or RNA without the need for human intervention or the risk of contamination between steps within 20 minutes.  The microfluidic system consists of four different components: (i) a disposable microfluidic cartridge containing a glass fiber filter, (ii) a microfluidic system for flow control, (iii) microfluidic chambers for mixing and reactions, (iv) a pneumatic micropump to deliver the eluted sample to downstream assays and (v) a vacuum pump to control the on-chip valves.  The module, made from poly-di methyl siloxane, has the ability to draw in a raw sample, meter the correct amounts of reagents, lyse cells, extract and purify the nucleic acid. 
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