Fluid-Screen provides a flexible platform to detect and identify bacteria in a variety of fluids.  The reusable handheld reader works with a sterile disposable chip to provide information on bacterial contamination in record time.

The sterile chip incorporates microfluidics, microelectronics, and microbiology to separate bacteria from fluids and to find their identity.

Fluid-Screen is based on a patented silicon-based biosensor technology developed in the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Science in Reedlab.  The core product has two small, portable components:

Sample Chip – a disposable module with a built-in filtration system and biosensor. This chip is plugged into the …

Reader – a reusable, hand-held electronic processor that identifies the presence, specific type and condition of bacteria in the sample. The reader sends data via Bluetooth/WiFi to either a desktop or mobile device

The silicon nanowire biosensor at the heart of Fluid-Screen uses antibodies for bacterial detection and identification.  The specific binding between bacteria and antibodies enables the device to recognize the individual type of bacteria. Antibodies are chosen to provide the most important information as quickly as possible.

At present these data may be stored and analyzed with standard business software such as an Excel spreadsheet.  In follow-on product development Fluid-Screen will create a customized suite of software tools to make analysis and reporting even simpler.