The unit develops processes and devices for highly diverse point-of-care applications. An in vitro diagnostics (ivD) platform is available for this purpose, which can be adapted to various diagnostic tests depending on the topic of study.
The Fraunhofer ivD platform consists of a cartridge the size of a credit card (Lab on-a-chip) and a base station. Blood or other biological liquids can be applied directly on the cartridge and subsequently analysed automatically in the base station within 10–15 minutes. Using microarrays, a multiparameter diagnostic method is possible by employing various capture molecules such as antibodies, proteins, peptides, glycane or oligonucleotides.
Apart from the development of new diagnostic processes, the unit offers customers and partners the transfer of existing tests (e.g. ELISAs, DNA microarrays, …) to the ivD platform, including optimisation and technical verification up to ivD approval.