October 17, 2019
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Integrated robotic system for the development lateral flow assays

Toan Hyunh, Caitlin Anderson, David Gasperino, Stephen Harston, Helen Hsieh, Rosemichelle Marzan, John Williford, Ciela Oncina, Veronika Glukhova, David Cate, Kevin Nichols

Lateral flow assays (LFAs) are the most widely used diagnostic tools in resource-limited settings. To make the development and optimization of LFAs more efficient, we developed an integrated system that comprises design of experiment software and robotic liquid handling hardware. We verified the performance of this system in comparison with a human operator and demonstrated its use in experiments during the development of a malaria antigen assay, varying both discrete and continuous variables. These results highlight the utility of this system for the efficient and rapid development of LFAs and other assays.

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