New instruments for Johne’s disease and tuberculosis

Jan 8, 2018

Two prototype instruments to diagnose Johne’s disease in cattle and tuberculosis in humans and cattle have been successfully developed by Epigem. The news follows the completion of two Innovate UK-funded projects, MilkEd and MIMIC. The micro-engineering company says that it is now focussed on preparing the instruments for extensive operational trials. “We have made great strides technically in manufacturing devices to detect Johne’s disease in cattle and TB in humans,” said Epigem’s managing director Tim Ryan. “Complex problems require excellent multi-disciplinary teamwork, and these projects confirm that.” MilkED The MilkEd project aimed to develop an instrument that could identify Johne’s disease in under 45 minutes. It was crucial that the instrument could work both on-farm and in the laboratory. The prototype uses surface acoustic waves to control an assay that is packaged into a disposable cassette. The cassette is fully automated and interconnects in a ‘plug and play’ manner within a boxed data reader. The portable reader consists of integrated miniature sub-assemblies that perform electro-opticals microfluidic and microelectronic functions. Operated... ...

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