Technology > Gel Drop Array
At the heart of Akonni’s TruDiagnosis solution is the TruArray technology, which utilizes 3D gel drop microarrays to rapidly screen a sample for hundreds of disease markers at one time, all within a microarray the size of your fingernail.
Akonni has an exclusive license from Argonne National Laboratory to a patent portfolio (28 issued patents and 10 patents pending), surrounding the 3D gel drop technology, which is supported by >60 peer-reviewed publications . 3D gel drop arrays have a sterically-favorable spacing of immobilized molecules throughout the volume of the gel drop, and an aqueous environment surrounding attached probes. The net result of these attributes is an increase in hybridization efficiency .
3D gel elements drops also have a higher probe immobilization capacity, which increases detection sensitivity up to 100-fold, compared with 2D planar arrays . This improved detection sensitivity translates to low-cost instrumentation. Gel drop arrays also have a corollary, manufacturing advantage over some microarray formats (beads, in situ synthesis, or planar surfaces), in that one-and-the-same manufacturing infrastructure and methodology can be used to produce protein and nucleic acid diagnostic tests. In addition, the co-polymerization methodology can be implemented on unmodified plastic substrates, which eliminates the need for high-priced glass substrates and surface treatments, allowing for significantly lower costs of goods.
(1) Source: Pubmed
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