Photo-electric ELISA Using Silicon Nanowire Arrays
Advanced Silicon Group, Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Detection technologies for identification of SARS-CoV-2 from environmental samples
Tech Brief: ASG could apply our existing biosensor to enable low-cost, high-sensitivity, and rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens. Our sensor uses a photoelectric effect which allows for low cost and sensitivity (electrical) detection. In addition, the use of silicon enables us to make sure of the knowledge of the semi-industry.
Early-stage Startup (Seed)
FIGURES OF MERIT Value Proposition: We are currently making our sensors both at our lab in an incubator on UMASS Lowell’s campus and in their shared facilities. We will need to scale up and need partners in a few areas. First, we are looking for a partner to do the semiconductor processing. Doing this processing in a manufacturing fab will improve the repeatability and lower the wafer to wafer and lot to lot variation. This is a way for semi companies to expand their portfolio outside semi and solar and into biomedical devices. We are also looking for partners in antibody formation as this is the largest cost in the process. Lastly, we are looking for partners that can help us increase the throughput to functionalize the sensors, possibly through automation. This may require dispensing small amounts of liquid onto well-defined areas of a wafer.