NEW YORK, Oct. 22--California start-up MicroFluidic Systems has struck a licensing deal for an ultrasonic cell lysis method from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the company said yesterday.
The technique uses ultrasonic energy in a fluid-filled chamber to break open cells for DNA analysis. It can quickly lyse even spore-forming bacteria like anthrax, according to the company. This ability makes it potentially useful in developing systems for DNA-based pathogen detection, and MicroFluidic Systems plans to perfect the technique for pathogen sample processing.
MicroFluidic Systems was founded in 2001 by Cepheid alumni M. Allen Northrup, Farzad Pourahmadi, and Phil Belgrader. Belgrader previously conducted research on DNA analysis instrumentation at Lawrence Livermore, and is named in the patent for this lysis technique.
The company has technology development contracts with Roche Diagnostics and with the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA).
For further information, see the company website.