Abbott PLEX ID

Plex-ID® rapid microbial screening and identification system for Ibis Biosciences® – This is the only high-throughput platform that offers broad identification, detailed genotyping, characterization, and recognition of unknown microorganisms. The device uses PCR for gene amplification, and time-of-flight mass spectrometry to weigh DNA samples and compare them to a database of known molecular mass profiles. Our group was responsible for everything but the chemistry and mass spectrometer: concepting, industrial design, mechanical/electronic engineering, software development, design documentation, and formal transfer to manufacturing. R&D work included circuit design, enclosures, fluid handling, and system integration. We also built and prototyped the engineering, test, and demonstration units.