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Korea Electro Technology Research Institute of Changwon, Korea, has received US Patent No. 8,017,079, "Apparatus for and method of measuring bio-chips using uniform total internal reflection illumination." The described apparatus relies on a method for illuminating a biological sample through a side face of a substrate. A diffusion plate is used to form an evanescent field by illumination over the entire surface of the substrate so as to uniformly secure brightness of the illuminated light over a wide area of a substrate.

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