NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gentel Biosciences said yesterday that it has placed its first protein array reader system with the Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research in Cape Town, South Africa.
Gentel’s APiX Colorimetric Protein Array Reader integrates colorimetric detection technology with a newly developed 96-well plate microarray format, called APiX 96. The firm’s transparent nitrocellulose-coated plastic substrate serves as the surface chemistry for the instrument.
The protein array reader “has the potential to overcome the relatively high cost concerns of existing microarray applications,” said Reinhard Hiller, managing director of the CPGR. “This creates an opportunity for developing affordable while at the same time reliable assays, something that is of critical importance in emerging markets such as South Africa.”
Hiller said that the CPGR intends to use the system to generate proof-of-concept data for a number of potential diagnostic applications in disease areas, such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, asthma/COPD, and cancer.
Madison, Wis.-based Gentel said that it is seeking early-access partners to co-develop and commercialize novel biomarker panels using the system.