NEW YORK, Feb 27 – Illumina of San Diego said Tuesday it had penned a deal with Chevron Research and Technology to study ways Illumina’s fiber-optic BeadArray microarray technology could be used to detect compounds in chemical plant operations.
Chevron, which is funding the study, expects to complete the research by early 2002. Chevron previously invested in Illumina through its venture capital group.
“If the companies are successful, the next generation of sensor technology could improve the efficiency of monitoring refining and petrochemical processes and allow companies to better manage costs for their entire value chain,” Illumina said in a statement.
The agreement represents one of the ways in which companies and governmental agencies are trying to use microarray technology for such purposes as detecting chemical and biological warfare.
Last October, Nanogen entered an agreement with the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to develop an electronic system for the identification of biological warfare or infectious disease agents.