Sandia showcases latest in biological technology
Among the devices were medical diagnostic tools and other devices that have applications in biological surveillance. They showcased BaDX, an anthrax detection device; RapiDx, a diagnostic tool that provides automated results; and SpinDx, a bio-detection chip that can detect several bio-threat agents.
In the surveillance realm, Sandia officials unveiled a new system that handles blood RNA sample preparation, a miniature breath analysis and detection device, and an automated microfluid platform for sample preparation.
“As a national laboratory, Sandia works at the frontier of biology, doing research and development at the pre-competitive research stage,” Malin Young, director of Sandia’s Biological and Engineering Sciences Center, said. “We’re applying new knowledge of how pathogens interact with hosts to reach breakthroughs that private companies can then build on to create innovative products to detect and fight disease.”
New technologies that were also presented included a drug-delivery system that uses nanoparticles and a non-invasive diagnostic device that is wearable, using a micro-needle to test interstitial fluid.
The seminar is the first of many that will be held for several different professional fields.