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Olink Teams with Uppsala University Researchers on New Biosensor Firm

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Swedish firm Olink said today that it has partnered with researchers from Uppsala University to form a new biosensor instrument manufacturer called Q-linea.
 
The new firm will develop a new rapid and sensitive instrument for detection and analysis of infectious agents in the air and water. Olink said that the primary customer for the instrument is FMV, a Swedish defense material procurement agency.
 
The instrument is based on a technique developed by Uppsala University researchers for detecting single biomolecules and particles. Q-linea will develop the instrument, while Olink is responsible for developing reagents for the platform.
 
“There is an enormous need for rapid and accurate detection of pathogens in a wide range of fields, such as food safety, veterinary medicine, and clinical diagnostics,” Q-linea President and CEO Jonas Jarvius said in a statement. “Initally we will focus on biodefense applications, where governments and organizations worldwide currently are committing significant resources.”

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