Radix and hydrosense Create a Revolutionary Technology To Test Water For Dangerous Bacteria

Radix Micro Devices have formed a partnership with a Scottish start-up company whose revolutionary technology can test water for dangerous bacteria without the need for lengthy lab tests. hydrosense have recently launched iST 1280, powered by the Radix FW500 ultra rugged handheld computer.

Microbiological contamination of products, processes and cooling systems costs corporations millions of dollars each year. hydrosense provides the technology solution to enable organisations to identify and monitor microbial contamination, without the need for laboratory based tests.

iST 1280 is the latest technology for pathogen detection delivering results in minutes instead of days. In environments where water quality testing is critical, there is no longer a need to await results from a remote laboratory. iST 1280 is a simple to use, rugged portable field system, that performs the analysis and provides an answer via the Radix FW500 display at the on-the-spot. iST 1280 uses the FW500s in-built data storage capability and external communication ports to enable quality data tracking.

Originally conceived to address specific issues in the water industry, hydrosense technology is applicable across a wide range of markets and against numerous target pathogens. If microbial contamination costs an organisation time, money or quality, then hydrosense is the company to provide a solution.

hydrosense, based in Linlithgow, West Lothian and founded by young PhD Neil Polwart, received no shortage of offers for funding once the investment community became aware of the huge market potential of its technology solution.

The company is the fulfilment of a dream for its founder. Our technology revolutionises the means by which we can be assured that water and hygiene products are free of pathogens, explained Neil Polwart. We can test water and other substances on site, using an innovative fusion of standard electronic and biochemical technologies.

In order to assist in driving brand awareness and creating effective channels to market, hydrosense recruited Ian Bell, former Sun Microsystems VP as their Chief Executive Officer. Bell commented: Our technology significantly advances the means by which industry can assure water purity in its products and processes, in real time. We believe its market potential is almost limitless, across numerous global industries and markets

How does it work?

iST 1280 uses Surface Plasmon Resonance [SPR] immunoassay, to detect an antigen binding to an antibody on a metal surface. The hydrosense system utilises sensor cartridges that are filled with the sample and then located into an electro-optical instrument mounted on top of the Radix FW500. The instrument then optically interrogates the cartridge to determine the amount of pathogen in the sample. iST 1280 is available in a handheld format with single use test cartridges.

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