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DNA Electronics, Ion Torrent sign deal on semicon solutions

Posted: 10 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:health care? IP? license agreement?

DNA Electronics Ltd, a provider of scalable semiconductor solutions for real-time nucleic acid detection, has signed a licensing agreement giving access to its intellectual property to semiconductor sequencing company Ion Torrent. No further details about the agreement were disclosed.

The company's IP portfolio includes techniques for monitoring nucleotide insertions using solid-state biosensors on standard CMOS chip technology, enabling label-free electronic DNA sequencing and diagnostics platforms. It has developed an analysis platform of disposable silicon chip-based solutions for real-time nucleic acid sequence detection at the point of care, providing end users with technology as yet unavailable outside a laboratory.

Chris Toumazou, founder and CEO, DNA Electronics entered into health care because he saw the huge benefits chip technology could offer clinicians. He explains "I've always believed that if you could apply just a fraction of semiconductor technology to health care, you can begin to make major innovations."

The company's portfolio of silicon-based point-of-care solutions delivers fast and accurate handheld gene tests with all the appeal of consumer electronics: anytime, anywhere. Interchangeable, disposable "lab-on-chip" cartridges can be tailored to any sequence of interest, making this a customizable semiconductor technology amenable to a wide variety of applications and markets. The ability to accurately detect a gene sequence in real-time using a standalone, fully portable, low power electronic readout presents disruptive new opportunities in diagnostics, data capture and therapy.

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