Santa Barbara, CA-based Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) has demonstrated a new system that can sort cells at high speeds with greater than 95% purity.
The Rare Cell Purification System (RCPS) is based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology which, in its final configuration, will have parallel channels –making it fast enough for clinical use.
In the new system, fluorescence detection first identifies the proper cells, and then ultra-high-speed MEMS valves switch to sort them in 15 microseconds.
According to Dr. John Foster, IMT’s CEO, “Using MEMS technology, we can significantly improve cell purification processing. We are excited about our achievements thus far and are now accelerating our work to produce working systems for field trials by our partners.”
“The extremely high speed of our system is not the only advantage it brings to cell purification. The fact that the entire fluid path is sterile and completely disposable makes it very attractive for clinical applications,” added Dr. John Harley, IMT’s Program Manager for the RCPS.
Anticipated applications for the new system include cancer treatment, nuclear and chemical warfare risk abatement, and disease control.