Magnetic nanoparticles for lab-quality immunoassay results at the point of care


Philips has developed a biosensor technology which has the potential to offer lab-quality immunoassay results at the point of care. This new “Magnotech” technology uses magnetic nanoparticles to measure target molecules and could bring complex in-vitro diagnostic tests out of the laboratory and into decentralized settings such as the patient’s bedside and at home.

A first collaboration agreement for the new technology was recently announced, with Concateno, a UK-based leading European company in drugs of abuse testing. Concateno and Philips will deliver the new solution to selected customers in 2009. At launch, the Concateno-Philips handheld product will test five drug groups at the same time (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine and cannabis) in a single saliva sample. Total test time of the new device, from collection of sample to result, will be less than 90 seconds.

[Sources : articles 1, 2, 3, 4]

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3 Responses

  1. is this project looking for other centres for drug testing to participate in the study?

  2. Hi Victor,
    according to articles listed in my post, Philips is also assessing the use of this technology for medical applications such as for example the detection of a protein generated by damaged heart muscle.
    Concerning the specific field of drug testing, I have not read, so far, wether Philips is looking for other partners than Concateno. Surely we’ll find out on the web in the coming months !

  3. […] 1) Magnetic nanoparticles for lab-quality immunoassay results at the point of care (23/11/2008) […]

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