Answering Millions of Questions
at a Time
The life sciences comprise the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, such as plants, animals, and human beings. These fields require researchers to answer hundreds, sometimes thousands, of questions at a time. Researchers accomplish this by reducing sample sizes and using high-speed, massively parallel analytical techniques. However, these techniques often decrease the quality of the data. INCOM offers several new solutions to labware and analytical equipment manufacturers that improve data quality in high-speed techniques.
INCOM’s fiber optic microwell arrays provide over 1 million analytical sites on a standard microscope slide. By contrast, the next most advanced microwell plates have 1536 wells. INCOM’s microwell arrays can therefore lead researchers into a new era of productivity and lower costs. This combined with fiber optic interrogation of each well literally enables researchers to answer millions of questions at a time. These arrays support sensitive biological and bioterrorism analyses and offer economic advantages over conventional arrays. Part of the advantage of these arrays is that their high sample density allows for millions of simultaneous reactions to take place, saving money and time when studying complex test variables.
Life sciences applications using INCOM fused fiber optics include critical genetics activities such as genome sequencing, flow cytometry, protein and viral analysis, drug research and biological testing. INCOM has developed a series of Microwell array plates which transform conventional fiber optic faceplates into three-dimensional microstructures with dense patterns of wells. The high sample density allows thousands of simultaneous reactions in the space of an ordinary laboratory slide, saving money and time in studying complex test variables. The INCOM fused fiber optic Microwell array structure has been a critical component in reducing the time and cost to sequence the human body, from years to weeks and from millions of dollars to thousands.
Incom’s unique capability to create glass and polymer microstructures has allowed them to become a custom manufacturer of prototypes at a low cost and with a quick turnaround. Incom has produced structures that utilize SU-8 customized structures, with a custom fiber optic faceplate and a glass cover window to complete the device. Rarely is there a device that they cannot develop as a prototype, followed by a plan to commercialize.
INCOM’s life science products have enabled scientists to complete the following research objectives faster, at lower cost, and with greater confidence in the results: Fluorescent and luminescent reactions, including genomic and proteomic analyses; cell and crystal growth; cell counting; and spectroscopic type analyses.