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Illumina's chip-based laboratory

Illumina's chip-based laboratory

Illumina's chip-based laboratory can be placed on a table. Yet, it can dose, mix and rinse products, and add a reactive, just like a "room-size" laboratory. Neoprep performs analyses from 300 nanoliters of droplets comprising several reactives: less than one hundredth the size of a drop of liquid. It is used for DNA preparation operations upstream of new generation sequencing stages on Illumina platforms. 

Published on 28 February 2017

A 50 gram, 100 cm² analysis laboratory! 
What is Illumina?

Illumina's chip-based laboratory can be placed on a table. Yet, it can dose, mix and rinse products, and add a reactive, just like a "room-size" laboratory. Neoprep performs analyses from 300 nanoliters of droplets comprising several reactives: less than one hundredth the size of a drop of liquid. It is used for DNA preparation operations upstream of new generation sequencing stages on Illumina platforms. 

Applications: 

  • Biology and life science research
  • Medical diagnosticsP
  • Point-of-care diagnosticsCivil security and defense
  • DNA sequencing

What’s new? 
This chip-based laboratory developed by Leti and Illumina after acquiring Leti's R&D partner Advanced Liquid Logic implements an innovative method called electrowetting. This technology transfers and mixes liquids and reactives without the need for pumps and valves. Electrical forces move microdroplets at the right speed to required location by activating an electrode beneath each drop. This method enables automation and extreme system miniaturization.

What makes the difference?
  • Process automation without any pumps or valves
  • Processing of small volumes (few hundred nanoliters)
  • Process parallelization
  • Compactness
 
Patents: 
More than 10 patents