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MICRA, Cytecom, Humane Technologies, Loughborough University

MICRA, Cytecom, Humane Technologies, Loughborough University


B152SQ Edgbaston
United Kingdom

MICRA brings together the technology transfer offices of eight leading Midlands Universities in a programme which is building the largest formal collaboration between TTOs in the UK. MICRA is showcasing two spin-outs at Lab Innovations.
Humane Technologies' MicrobeMeter is a simple, robust photometer with continuous data-logging capability built using 3D-printing and open-source Arduino platform. MicrobeMeter allows easier experimentation for biotechnology, microbiology, and synthetic biology laboratories and enables hands-on training programs for undergraduate teaching.
Cytecom's portable bacteria detection device offers faster diagnostics - a new technology for detecting bacteria in minutes instead of waiting for lab-test results which can take days.
Loughborough University is showcasing 2 new technologies invented by world leading researchers. One technology enables robust, systematic and cost-effective droplet generation and the other technology involves in rapid materials characterisation of particles in liquid medium.


Product news

  • Novel glass capillary microfluidic technology for robust, systematic and cost-effective droplet generation and screening.

    Our device comprises two Lego-inspired blocks into which the capillaries can be easily inserted. This facilitates rapid assembly for work, and easy dismantling for cleaning. This device provides the flexibility to carry out precise and information-rich screening experiments. Its design also supports three flow configurations:
    • co-flow
    • counter-current flow focusing
    • a combination of co-flow and counter-current flow focusing
    These features make them an attractive proposition for research laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturers alike. Additionally, it can be scaled up to consistently produce high-quality, high-value products, including crystals.

  • A novel Resistive Pulse Sensor for liquid analysis

    We have developed an advanced RPS for use within flow devices for sample handling of materials measuring 10nm up to tens of microns in size.
    Uniquely, our RPS can quantify and characterise nano-materials, colloids, biological materials and analytes in solution, regardless of the sample matrix – spanning a range of liquids including sea water, blood, medications and beverages.
    It provides materials analysis in less than five minutes; and can be adapted to a rapid diagnostic, providing results in under 20 minutes within a single, easy-to-use automated platform. In addition, it can concurrently measure a wide range of particle sizes.

  • Ultra-fast new technology to detect bacteria launching at Lab Innovations

    A discovery by researchers at the University of Warwick School of Life Sciences offers a new technology for detecting bacteria in minutes instead of waiting for lab-test results which can take days. Delays in detection can cause significant damage; infections can become life threatening very quickly if not identified and treated with appropriate antibiotics. For example, 8% of people with the severe blood infection sepsis will die for every hour of delay in proper treatment. The fundamental basis for the technology, Cytecom SCEFI, and its applications is based upon the emerging field of bacterial electrophysiology. The team discovered that bacteria cells can respond electronically to an applied electric shock. More surprisingly, healthy bacteria cells and cells affected by antibiotics and UV light showed completely different electric reactions. This finding led to development of a device that causes live bacteria to absorb dye molecules as they depolarise after being given electrical pulses which allows rapid evaluation of effects of antibiotics on growing bacteria colonies.
    Cytecom was spun out of the University of Warwick and following funding from Innovate UK and investment by Oxford Technology Management, the company will be demonstrating its device at the Lab Innovations Exhibition.
    For further information, please visit www.cytecom.co.uk


  • MicrobeMeter Pro reaches prototype milestone

    The new device will build upon the success of the first-generation product, which offers a compact and low-cost portable technology with wireless measurement features. The MicrobeMeter Pro is a high-resolution photometer and incubator with new features including in-built shaking and heating.

    “By developing devices using innovative manufacturing methods, and IoT and other communication technologies, we make experimentation and data collection easier and more reproducible, and enable novel, quantitative training programs. Our customers include researchers in academia and industry, teachers and students in higher and primary education institutions, and ‘citizen scientists’,” says Dr Kalesh Sasidharan, director and co-founder of Humane Technologies.

    “Following the successful launch of the MicrobeMeter first generation device in June this year, we saw a gap in the market for a low-cost product capable of measuring the growth of anaerobic cultures and without the need for a separate shaking incubator.”

    “We worked closely with WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) SME team, and as a result of this project we have successfully developed a prototype, which is optimised for mass production. The outcome of this project has a significant positive impact on our company, as it has brought us closer to mass producing MicrobeMeter Pro in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

    Since its launch in June 2019, MicrobeMeter has sold over 50 units, and is being demonstrated at the Lab Innovations Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on 30 and 31 October 2019.

    To learn more about Humane Technologies Limited, contact: Kalesh Sasidharan Email: K.Sasidharan@humanetechnologies.co.uk