TTK Joins the Development of Hematological Diagnostic Devices

TTK Joins the Development of Hematological Diagnostic Devices
NORMA Instruments Zrt. and ELTE's joint project won nearly 800 million HUF in funding for the development of a device suitable for hematological diagnostics.

The aim of the project, entitled "Development of a Modular Detector and Illuminator System for Examining Light Scattering of Shaped Elements in All Angle Ranges, Primarily for Hematological Applications", is to create a new flow cytometry device that is small, cost-effective, simple to manufacture, and easily modifiable to meet changing needs, making it more competitive than existing diagnostic devices on the market. Flow cytometry is a measurement method used in biotechnology in fields such as oncology, immunology, and hematology. The developments are expected to result in a technological advancement that will be useful in research, other particle inspection industries, and future hematological developments.The developments at ELTE TTK are being carried out in two directions: at the Department of Atomic Physics and within the framework of the Biotechnology Higher Education and Industrial Cooperation Center in the field of immunobiology, resulting in the creation of a smaller, more cost-effective, and competitive measuring instrument.

According to the researchers' vision, a measurement system will first be created that can be adjusted in modular units, capable of wide-range detection, and able to produce light intensity maps from samples containing micron-sized (i.e., 10-6 meters in scale) particles in suspension, making it excellent for examining blood samples, for example. Such a wide-angle optical measurement system represents an important advancement because, with currently available devices, proper optical arrangements can only be assembled based on previous experience and measurements, whereas the new device will enable the accurate determination of detection ranges for each cell type. This will allow for the design of new end-user devices that can make diagnostics more precise and versatile.

The two-year project, supported by the NKFIH, is a good example of cooperation not only between the industrial and research spheres but also between different scientific fields.