Cell Separation Device

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Clinical Sciences


The project will develop a technology for the separation and detection of individual important cells in a biological fluid for the diagnosis of major diseases such as cancer. It will use uniquely nanostructured materials on a photographic surface to select for rare cells in a mixed population of cells, in order to achieve sensitivity of 1/1,000,000 not achieved to date by any other technology. The objective of this proposal is to develop early stage light tight units initially for use as laboratory research tools, followed by a device that is suitable for a small scale clinical feasibility study. The consortium partners bring together unique skills in photographic manufacture, design engineering and academic know-how in the behaviour of cells, and an understanding of health care needs for early detection and diagnosis that will underpin the early prototype design and future product manufacture.
Description We have developed a technique using light to purify single type of cells from large mixtures of cells. The light process is very delicate and really keeps the cells in their best condition
Exploitation Route Stem cell purification, any cell purification. Cell detection
Sectors Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

Description Yes we have a Beta test production run of the equipment we've developed
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural,Economic

Title Licence(s) pending (Final Report data) 
Description Exploitation agreement in progress with Harman, Optima and Univeristy of Liverpool 
IP Reference GB1319342.0 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2006
Licensed Yes
Impact New Cell sorting technology