Sporian Microsystems is currently developing a number of biosensor products for the detection of biological and chemical pathogens. These sensors leverage proven immunoassay techniques and materials, combined with proven sensor hardware designs and packaging to realize highly specific, low power, small size, low cost, pathogen sensors with extremely low false positive rates.
This technology is a revolutionary step in using biologically derived nanotechnology, integrated with micro-scale hardware systems, to realize products with distinct logistical and performance advantages. One product currently in development is a very small multi-sensor for the detection of waterborne pathogens, including Cholera, Giardia, and E. Coli. With an increased concern for drinking water safety, a new emphasis has been placed on the monitoring of civic and building water supplies for potentially dangerous pathogens. Current state of the art techniques for the definitive detection of biological pathogens in water require water samples to be taken to a lab, resulting in long turn around times and high costs. Sporians sensors take real time in-situ measurements, with very high specificity, and generate an alarm signal upon detection.
It is important to note that, while the existing sensor products under development target a specific group of pathogens, other pathogens (both chemical and biological) of interest can be detected by leveraging the same fundamental technology. This technology would be of particular interest in the cost effective distributed detection of chemical and biological weapons threats, where real time detection and low false positive rates are critical.
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