Advanced technology made easy

MMP9 Detector

Advanced technology
made easy

Working with QMUL, IDC produced a clever device to monitor multiple sclerosis by using protein markers in blood.

IDC was commissioned by Queen Mary’s University London (QMUL) to produce an ergonomic and user-friendly bio-sensor holder and base unit enclosure for monitoring the condition of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). This device measures levels of a specific protein marker (MMP9) in blood samples to detect worsening symptoms of MS.

Working with QMUL and other partners, IDC worked on a range of concepts for the base unit enclosure. The design was enhanced by adding a splash proof membrane keypad and a hinged lid which allows the user to insert a disposable foam pad. This pad prevents the blood sample from evaporating during the analysis process.

The removable waterproof sensor holder incorporates a ceramic heater, which maintains the temperature of the bio-sensor chip during the test procedure. The product uses a two-part design with a disposable capillary-fill sampling chip that plugs into the main unit via the heated holder during testing. A small blood sample is placed on the sampling chip, which once inserted must maintain optimum contact with the bio-sensor at a temperature of 37∘C for testing.

The Result

  • Eliminates the need for expensive MRI scans
  • Low Cost
  • Easy to use
  • Addition of USB connector means results can be exported and analysed by Doctors