Micronics, Centrex developing biothreat lab-on-a-chip

June 4, 2003 — Micronics Inc. and Centrex Inc. are designing and developing disposable microfluidic-based lab cards for biothreat detection, according to a news release.

Tulsa, Okla.-based Centrex has retained Redmond, Wash.-based Micronics to provide a compact, fully automated lab-on-a-chip system capable of monitoring biological agents in air, food and water. Applications include bioterrorism detection, food and water processing, blood supply screening and genetic testing, the release said.

Centrex has licensed technology from Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop systems based on single molecule detection. The technology eliminates the need for amplification of the target DNA, which reduces the possibility of false test results, according to the release.

Investors in Micronics include Ardesta LLC, parent company of Small Times Media.


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