In the first call of Valorisation Programme of NanoNextNL (May 2015) the following business case was awarded:
Acoustic Force Spectroscopy
LUMICKS in collaboration with VU University intends to further develop Acoustic Force Spectroscopy (AFS). In AFS, acoustic forces are used for highly precise parallel manipulation of arrays of biomolecules. Compared to the existing single-molecule biophysics toolbox (AFM, Optical- and Magnetic Tweezers), AFS is cost-effective, easy to use, compact, and provides additional features such as highly parallelised, ultra-stable and high dynamic even makes crucial experiments possible that would be too time consuming for alternative methods. Other advantages of AFS are its relative simplicity, low cost and compactness, which allow straightforward implementation in lab-on-a-chip devices. These aspects will help to spread single-molecule methods from the realm of fundamental biophysical research in specialised laboratories, towards more wide-spread applications in for example molecular biology and medical diagnostics. LUMICKS is exclusive licence holder of the patent that is currently still pending – it is expected to be granted in the coming months. LUMICKS is open to sub-licensing to co-developers and/or commercial partners.
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