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Sistema de diagnóstico rápido e inmediato de infecciones del tracto urinario (UTI) basado en un inmunoensayo microfluídico

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOSG20180108002
Publicado:
16/01/2018
Caducidad:
16/01/2019
Resumen:
Un instituto de investigación singapurense ha desarrollado un nuevo sistema preciso de diagnóstico inmediato de infecciones del tracto urinario (UTI) basado en un sistema microfluídico con unidad de control de temperatura y módulo de concentración en un chip de electroforesis (DEP) capaz de detectar la bacteria E. coli. El sistema de detección precisa y sensible permite realizar el ensayo en solo una hora, a diferencia de las 5 horas necesarias de los ensayos tradicionales de 96 pocillos. El instituto busca pymes, multinacionales y centros de investigación/médicos con el fin de establecer acuerdos de licencia o cooperación en materia de investigación.

Details

Tittle:
Rapid, point-of-care, microfluidic immunoassay based, urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnostic system
Summary:
A Singapore research institute has developed an innovative and accurate point-of-care system for the diagnosis of urinary tract infection (UTI). This point of care diagnostic device is based on microfluidic system with dielectrophoresis (DEP) on-chip concentration module which can detect Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria.

The institute seeks to partner SMEs, MNEs or research / healthcare institutions through licensing or research cooperation agreements.
Description:
Infection in any part of the urinary system is called UTI. It is one the most common type of bacterial infections, usually caused by E.coli and causes significant healthcare burden. UTI is usually diagnosed by laboratory analysis of urine culture. The institute has developed a faster, easy-to-use and an economical diagnostic device which can diagnose UTI at point of care facility.

This portable, point-of-care diagnostic system developed by the Singapore research institute is a simple, automated device which detects E.coli using the DEP-enhanced microfluidic sandwiched immunoassay method. The total system consists of a microfluidic delivery sub-system, temperature control unit and DEP on-chip concentration module. The entire system including dilution, mixing, pumping and waste collection parts uses micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology for developing a compact, portable point of care UTI detection system.

The sandwiched immunoassay is performed on the micro fabricated biosensor chip or the microfluidic platform. After screening several different antibodies on traditional micro-well immunoassay platform, the sensitive and specific antibodies pairs against E.coli bacteria were selected and immobilized on the micro fabricated biosensor chip surface which is used for sandwiched immunoassay.

The DEP technology can concentrate the E.coli bacteria 1000 times. The DEP forces used to retain bacteria react to the anti-E.coli capture antibodies on the surface. This DEP-enhanced microfluidic immunoassay, can detect E.coli at the concentration level of 100,000 colony forming unit per millilitre (CFU/ml).

The institute is keen to establish partnerships with industry players (SMEs of all sizes, MNEs or research/healthcare institutions e.g. healthcare institution or healthcare technologies provider).

The type of partnerships sought can either be:

i) a licensing agreement where the partner can license the technology to offer as a product or service to their customers or

ii) a research cooperation agreement where the partner can undertake joint development with the Singapore research institution to offer to introduce new products to targeted markets/segments.
Advantages and Innovations:
This accurate and sensitive point of care UTI detection system requires just 1 hour to run the assay, in comparison with 5 hours required for a traditional 96-well assay. It is a user-friendly test requiring a small volume of sample.

This UTI diagnostic device can be used in primary care and clinics, enabling faster detection of UTI. It can also be used in hospitals and intensive care units for monitoring UTI, and modify antibiotic therapy accordingly.

This is beneficial especially in rural areas, with limited diagnostic laboratory facility. This low cost, portable device can be used by the clinicians to diagnose UTI on-time, before the condition worsens.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Granted patent or patent application essential
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Patents are granted for Singapore.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The Singapore institution seeks to work with SMEs of all sizes, MNEs or research/healthcare institutions in a licensing or research cooperation agreement partnership.

The partner sought could be a healthcare institution or healthcare technologies provider.

Under a licensing agreement:
- The partner can license the technology to offer as a product or service to their customers.

Under a research cooperation agreement:
- The partner can undertake joint development with the Singapore research institution to offer to introduce new products to targeted markets/segments.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06001005 Diagnósticos, diagnosis