F Cubed LLC is preparing its portable microfluidics device for FDA clearance, reports Deanna Pogorelc on MedCityNews.com. Called Nesdep, the device can detect MRSA in fluid samples in less than an hour. Les Ivie, F Cubed’s CEO, says Nesdep contains disposable biochips that can be loaded with DNA measuring 10 to 100 µL from a blood sample or wound, according to the story. Ivie says the biochip uses carbon nanotubes and AC dielectrophoresis to trap and quantify the sample’s DNA in minutes.
Nesdep has already been approved for water and food testing, Pogolrec writes. F Cubed plans to begin the application process by meeting with FDA this month. The biochip detects only MRSA at the moment. However, the company wants to offer a “multitarget” biochip by the middle of 2013, Ivie says, and has been working with an ER doctor at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN, on device trials. The company says the portable device can run on the power from a motor vehicle’s cigarette lighter and costs 10% to 20% of a lab test, according to Pogorelc. F Cubed licensed the technology for the device from the University of Notre Dame. Read more at MedCityNews