Specializing in nanofabrication and optomechanical Design
Illuminaria is currently working on several projects. These include:
Lab on a Chip Forensics
We are targeting
the rapid and portable detection/analysis of DNA using its featured product,
the nano DETECT. This system utilizes nanotechnology to perform automated
sample purification, DNA purification and diagnostic real-time PCR in a
There is a growing market
for such portable diagnostic instruments, as evidenced by sharp increases in
U.S. Governmental funding in this arena. In addition to Governmental funding,
industries that use laboratory testing to detect pathogenic bacteria, viruses,
and other disease-causing agents have a need for rapid and accurate results.
Devices that incorporate multiple laboratory processes into a semi-automated,
miniaturized format can meet this need.
is capable of performing diagnostic tests in a rapid, miniaturized format. By
automating the complicated features of current diagnostic techniques, the
product should greatly simplify the diagnostics procedure. The nanoDETECT can
identify biowarfare agents such as Anthrax, food pathogens such as E. coliand Listeria, as well as human DNA
sequences used in forensic DNA-based testing. The entire detection process,
from automated sample preparation to results, takes less than 60 minutes to complete.
plans to target the food industry for initial sales of the nanoDETECT
system. Illuminaria will use a razor/razor blade model for its
products. The target price for the instrument is $20,000 which is
comparable to the price of competing products.
Reconfigurable Optical Switch
a collaboration with Cornell University, Illuminaria is working on a
revolutionary optical switch based upon microfluidics. Funded by the
United States Air Force, this switch has the advantage of universiality
and speed which surpasses current optical switches. Research in
ongoing on this project.
3D Video System
In a collaboration with Synceros, Inc, a 3D video system is being developed for use with manufacturing systems.