Previous work between Bangor and Sophimark has shown that a dye can be manipulated within a solid matrix material. As part of the CALIN program, continued work with Sophimark will allow rigorous evaluation to be conducted in order to show that a fully integrated diagnostic device can be developed. Partners: Sophimark Ltd, Bangor University & University College Cork
The project originated from initial work conducted in 2012 between Bangor and Sophimark on the manipulation of molecules within a solid matrix material. The first data sets conducted at Bangor showed that a dye placed within a solid matrix could be controlled accurately within a specific area of the matrix. Follow-on experiments with nucleic acid-based bioassays showed that molecular-based reactions could be conducted within a solid matrix. These initial experiments illustrated the basic proof of principle. However, a rigorous evaluation needs to be conducted in order to show that a fully integrated device can be developed, where sample preparation, nucleic acid amplification, and detection, can all be performed within a single solid matrix-based device.
This project will be carried out in collaboration with SOPHIMARK and University College Cork The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme