Problem

Fast and accurate testing for microorganisms is a crucial requirement across many industries worldwide where products, processes and health are at risk of being negatively affected by the presence of micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Solution

Spot Check’s Solution

The Spot Check technology delivers a platform that enables rapid and sensitive detection of microorganisms using a portable and cheap-to-manufacture device coupled with a single use disposable strip, which is amenable to ‘frontline’, bedside, in-field or point-of-care detection.

Our system will be free from calibration and contamination, is stable and suitable for use in harsh conditions, and has the ability to be developed into an extensive menu. Our system is based on detecting molecular sequences and as such offers the sensitivity and specificity demanded in today’s testing markets.

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How does it work?

Our proprietary technology provides a broadly applicable, extremely powerful platform based on the use of conductive polymers. Conducting polymers are a relatively new class of polymeric materials that possess electronic properties resembling those of metals, while retaining properties of conventional organic polymers. Conductive polymers display sensitivity to changes in the polymeric chain.

Grafting of oligonucleotide probes onto conductive polymers provide a simple and direct way to detect hybridization events, which disturb the electrochemical response of the polymer. The unique electronic structures of conductive polymers and their porous morphology make them highly suitable materials for electrochemical label-free molecular detection.

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Applications

The potential applications of our technology are virtually endless. Spotting a different molecular probe on the strip at manufacture gives you a new assay. We have however identified 5 Key markets of interest which are:

  • Environmental testing (drinking and recreational water testing)
  • Agronomics (soil and crop testing)
  • Human Health
  • Food Safety
  • Animal Health