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Automated instrument for blood culture

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Omnica partnered with bioMerieux’s marketing and engineering teams in developing this entry to their Lab of the Future with contributions to basic functionality, user experience, Industrial Design and prototyping. Their introduction announcement follows:

Get ready for a new dimension in blood culture detection: the BACT/ALERT® VIRTUO® is seamlessly efficient blood culture technology in one automated system.

  • Motion-activated “Set and Forget” loading
  • Advanced robotics provides hands free bottle loading and unloading
  • Flexible and scalable instrumentation adapts to any size laboratory
  • VIRTUO® helps you redesign your workflow by reducing hands on time and increasing efficiency

BACT/ALERT® VIRTUO® ushers in a new dimension of blood culture detection. Almost endlessly versatile it fits into any size lab, even outside the routine microbiology lab. The latest example of ingenuity in automation, VIRTUO™ reduces hands-on time for increased lab efficiency. These benefits can be further boosted through highly sophisticated MYLA® software that puts relevant information from multiple instruments and your LIS at your fingertips, when and where you need it. In these ways and more, BACT/ALERT® VIRTUO® seamlessly integrates your blood culture workflow to provide efficient and actionable results to help you achieve better patient outcomes.

Beckman ph Meter

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Omnica had the honor of developing the last pH meter product family before Dr. Beckman passed away in 2004. We worked with the client’s Industrial Design to produce a family eighteen meter variations based on a single PCB.

The handheld versions passed the requirement of IPX7 (water ingress protection at a submersion level one meter, even though it floats).

Plex ID Universal Pathogen Detector

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Arguably, the most complex project that Omnica has undertaken is the Plex-ID universal pathogen detector. As is common with many projects, the science and core technology was provided by the client. Together, the two teams developed the Product Definition and developed the final product meeting the goal of providing sample reports every 30 seconds.

All of the design, engineering, software, prototyping, and documentation were done in house by Omnica team members except for the GUI and pathogen I.I. database, which were provided by the client (note: since that effort ending in 2009, GUI design has become a specialty at Omnica).

The IBIS/Abbott Molecular PLEX-ID system won the 2009 Wall Street Journal gold innovation award and was also recognized as the year’s 2nd most exciting development from the panel of judges at “The Scientist” magazine.

Gamma Medica

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Omnica partnered with the client’s engineering resource to develop a multi-modality (PET, ESPECT & CT) laboratory instrument for imaging small animals. Our major responsibility was the Industrial Design, the external skin engineering and DFMA. The client asked us to build a full-scale non-functional mock-up which was an opportunity to push our 4X8 CNC router to its full capabilities.

Paper Spray Ion Source

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In collaboration with AMI Purdue University

Cartridge Development

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Omnica design engineers have been involved in the development of laboratory IVD instrumentation, including: photometric, amperometric, fluorescent and chemiluminescent clinical and immunoassay analyzers, immunoassay washers and liquid handling devices, microfluidic POC cartridges, sample preparation & input devices, cell lysis, magnetic bead handling, precision thermal control, high speed PCR amplification, mass spectrometry ion sources & consumables, and lateral flow test strips. These projects often require a feasibility and proof of concept ‘Phase 0’, which Omnica’s in-house resources are well equipped to handle.

Thermo Fisher VeriSpray

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Day after day, analytical testing laboratories face considerable challenges due to backlogs of time-critical samples, rising per-sample costs, availability of skilled laboratory technicians, and chromatography maintenance and downtime. The Thermo Scientific™ VeriSpray™ PaperSpray ion source uniquely addresses these concerns. Combine the VeriSpray ion source with next-generation Thermo Scientific™ mass spectrometers to reduce time to results and cost per test with automated, high-throughput, direct mass spectrometry (MS)-based sample analysis. The VeriSpray ion source allows use of “dilute and shoot” methods to minimize solvent consumption and time-consuming sample preparation steps like derivatization, while avoiding needs for expert operators and instrument downtime. For laboratories currently performing LC or GC methods, or for those that want to add the robust sensitivity and selectivity of MS-based tests, the VeriSpray ion source provides an ideal alternative to the complexity of chromatography-based solutions.