Based on Philips’ Magnotech biosensor technology, Minicare I-20 measures target molecules in very low concentrations (picomolar) of blood. All assay reagents are contained in the disposable cartridge. Once the sample is applied to the cartridge, it is automatically drawn into the measurement chamber by capillary forces. The entire assay process is carried out by the controlled movement of the magnetic nano-particles within the cartridge using magnetic fields. The process captures only those molecules that relate to the specific antibodies on the particles. Active magnetic assay control in this way enables a precision normally associated with large laboratory analyzers.
Minicare I-20 has already shown promising results performing near patient testing for a wide variety of assays including hormones, drugs and proteins. Its multiplexing capabilities offer the possibility of testing for multiple markers from the same droplet of blood at the same time.