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Izon Develop New Virus Analysis Instrument

Published on March 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Izon's qViro platform was first released in June 2009, alongside the qNano, as the world's first nanopore-based system for virus characterization. It provided a rapid method of counting and sizing individual virus particles in real-time, which was not available before.

The IZON qViro-X platform.

In principle either instrument can be used for characterizing a range of nano- and micro- sized particles, including microorganisms and viruses.

Recently, a new version of the product has been developed, which truly differentiates the virus analysis instrument, making it ideally suited to operating environments with stringent decontamination requirements.

qViro-X is the next step in the development of nanopore-based virus analysis instrumentation. A number of refinements to the system include:

  • The electronics have been separated from the main body of the instrument and moved into a waterproof IP68 enclosure, eliminating the risk of fluid contamination issues.
  • The use of stainless steel in the body of the instrument, which allows cleaning with harsh chemicals to meet stringent decontamination requirements.
  • An air-operated pressure module has been incorporated into the instrument housing, which allows the application of pressure to the system without the need for a separate fluid-based manometer. Pressure-driven measurement allows rapid determination of viral titre across a wide concentration range.
  • The machine's height has been decreased by 25%, improving access to the fluid cell during instrument operation in biosafety cabinets and fume hoods.
  • New 21 CFR Part 11 compliant software provides improved security features and a full data audit trail that meet FDA requirements.
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