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Philips Inks Microarray Collaboration with Moxtek

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Philips Research will collaborate with the nano-photonics company Moxtek to develop of a wire grid microarray (WGM) chip that can be used for biomolecular detection in life sciences research, Moxtek said Thursday.

The Orem, Utah-based company said that the technology it is developing could provide the potential for rapid and accurate quantitative detection of biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids.

The WGM technology is based on a grid of metal nanowires with polarized excitation light and detects the fluorescence generated by target molecules. Moxtek said that the technology could simplify the workflow and improve the reproducibility for quantitative tests by removing the washing step and performing hybridization and detection in parallel.

The Scan

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