The entire virus detection process is executed inside a uniquely designed, portable, inexpensive, disposable, and self-driven microfluidic chip. The fully automated sample-in–answer-out molecular diagnostic set-up rapidly detects Hepatitis C virus in about 45 minutes and uses relatively inexpensive and reusable equipment costing about $50 for sample processing and disease detection. The disposable microfluidic chip also offers shorter times for a reliable diagnosis and costs about $2.
TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectors and sensors, has acquired three companies focused on microfluidic cartridge and blister reagent package development, usability testing, clinical research and manufacturing. The companies are Toolbox Medical Innovations (USA), Wi Inc (USA) and microiLIQUID (Spain).
The combined entities leverage design and manufacturing capabilities in the United States and Europe and are focused on serving a global client base ranging from startups to multinationals in the life science, IVD and cell therapy markets.