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June 2nd, 2009

Moxtek, Philips to Co-Develop Wire-Grid Microarray Platform for Outlicensing

Abstract:
Looking to extend its nanophotonics business into the life-sciences market, Moxtek last week announced that it is co-developing with Philips Research a new microarray platform that it intends to outlicense to an as-yet unidentified life sciences player.

The platform, called the wire-grid microarray chip, will be designed to offer high surface-specificity and suppression of background signals, and could provide improved quantitative detection of biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, the firms said.

The WGM works by illuminating a grid of metal nanowires with polarized excitation light, and detecting the fluorescence generated by target molecules bound to capture probes on the substrate between the nanowires, the firms said.

Philips and Moxtek, which is owned by Japan's Polatechno, claim that the surface-specific detection of the WGM provides a significant reduction in microarray workflow by removing the need for a washing step and providing the ability to monitor the binding of biomolecules to the substrate in real time.

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