Renishaw Diagnostics Enables Customised Multiplex Assays for Precious Research Samples

February 28, 2011

GLASGOW, Scotland, February 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Renishaw Diagnostics
Ltd, a world leading provider of trace level detection technologies based on
the exploitation of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and surface
enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS), for research and molecular
diagnostics applications, today announced the launch of its first research
use only (RUO) multiplex assay system which allows precious research samples
to be ‘screened’ for 10 or more ‘targets’, from a single sample.

Jim Greaves, Head of Marketing said “We are very excited about this
product launch and delighted to see the results of our R&D efforts coming to
market. This product will bring a new dimension to the work of many
scientists across a range of disciplines, offering them a very sensitve,
specific and flexible tool to screen for numerous targets in a single assay.
The RUO product launch is a truly transformative technology introduction, in
advance of our fully regulated RenDxTM platform for human diagnostics that is
in advanced stages of development. We have presented the results of some of
our research with collaboration partners at a number of scientific
conferences worldwide and received excellent feedback from healthcare

The RenDx(TM) RUO multiplex assay system is a novel platform that allows
researchers to generate rapid, multiplex screens for their own targets of
interest. Using patented technologies and supported by a team of field- and
laboratory-based application specialists, the RenDx(TM) RUO system can be
configured to support customers own individual research.


The 3-stage process utilises established extraction and amplification
platforms and is fully compatible with standard laboratory techniques and
equipment. This makes the step up to high sensitivity multiplex detection
simple and seamless.

The RenDx(TM) RUO system has a number of advantages over existing
screening methods, including:

    - Multiplex analysis - up to 10 targets from a single sample
    - High sensitivity and specificity
    - Rapid analysis - sample to result within hours
    - Culture independent - analysis direct from the sample
    - Sample matrix independent - simply extract DNA/RNA from any
      biological sample

and this transformative technology is also applicable to a wide range of
research interests such as:

    - Clinical research - e.g. for multiple infectious disease
      targets in humans and animals
    - Pharmaceutical - e.g. biomarkers for antibiotic resistance
    - Food & drink - e.g. pathogens; genetically modified
    - Environmental - e.g. water monitoring

The platform has 3 components: a reagents kit which contains the
materials required to process 100 assays; a purpose-built robotic sample
processor with a simple touchscreen interface, designed to allow user-free
operation while performing the RenDx(TM) assays; and an analyser utilising a
highly sensitive form of spectroscopy known as surface enhanced resonance
Raman scattering (SERRS) which performs multiplex detection and automated
analysis of a wide range of samples with a high degree of sensitivity and

About Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd

Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd, formerly D3 Technologies Ltd, was a Strathclyde
spin-out before being acquired by the Renishaw Group, which is a
leading global supplier of engineering technologies, medical devices and
Raman spectroscopy systems. It is focused on developing and commercialising
its first in vitro diagnostic (IVD) and clinical research products, with the
goal of establishing Renishaw Diagnostics as the premium provider of
automated, multiplex, high sensitivity molecular diagnostics products for the
detection of human infectious diseases. The Company is based in Glasgow,
, and further information is available at

SOURCE Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd

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