The LFCM – Le Laboratoire de Fonctionnalisation et Chimie pour les Micro-systèmes (Laboratory of Fonctionalisation and Chemistry for the Micro-systems, CEA – LETI, Grenoble), run by Dr Françoise Vinet, has recently acquired a SARFUS 3D system for their studies on grafting molecular probes and active molecules in microsystems.
The mission of the LFCM laboratory, part of MINATEC, is to develop chemical surface treatments adapted for lab-on-chip as well as fluorescent markers for biochips and imaging. The aim is to enable biologists and clinicians to have the tools able to, for example, detect infectious diseases from small volume samples (blood, smear, etc.), or the presence of pathogens in either the air or water. In fact, there are currently needs for means of diagnosis which have not yet been met for frequent or sensitive pathologies such as infectious or cardio-vascular diseases because the detection of the marker of the pathology, if it exists, does not fulfill the criteria for reliability requirements. Often in these cases, the existing diagnosis instruments have drawbacks such as cost, lack of speed, low sensitivity or non-specificity. In this case, the SARFUS equipment represents a simple, fast and reliable characterization tool for biological nano-systems whether they are in the air or in the water.
More information on Sarfus on www.nano-lane.com