Porvair Sciences, Wrexham, UK, is supplying Vyon porous plastic filters to the University of Cambridge spinout company Diagnostics for the Real World for its SAMBA II, a fully automated machine that performs sample preparation, extraction, amplification, and detection and can diagnose covid-19 in less than 90 minutes.

“We are delighted to be able to play a small part in the development of a machine that can be routinely used by healthcare workers at point-of-care in order to rapidly diagnose patients with covid-19,” says Alan Hughes, porous plastics accounts manager for Porvair Sciences. “Porvair Sciences was chosen as the filter supplier for the SAMBA II sample preparation cartridge because Vyon porous plastics are made from clean, regulatory controlled materials and manufactured using no release agent, therefore are completely free from contaminants. In addition, the tortuous path of our proprietary Vyon porous plastic materials ensures unmatched sample clean-up eliminating the chance of breakthrough of even tiny particles that could interfere with the diagnostic equipment and analysis”

Vyon is a highly versatile porous plastic that can be modified to give hydrophilic or hydrophobic properties or enhanced to achieve specific chemical and biochemical separations.

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