Graphenea certified for medical device components

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Graphenea has obtained ISO 13485 certification for manufacturing medical device components. The certification relates to the GFET product line and the Graphene Foundry service.

Graphenea, graphene FETs (GFETs) photo

The ISO standard is an important certification needed for the commercialization of medical applications of graphene, in particular non-implantable biosensors. Graphenea obtained certification for the entire process chain, including raw materials, design, development, manufacture and sale. The certificate also applies to facilities, quality management, tracing, and data analysis. The ISO certificate was issued after an independent audit by SGS.

New graphene biosensor can detect SARS-CoV-2 in under a minute

Korean researchers have developed a graphene-based field-effect transistor-based biosensor that detects SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal swabs from patients with COVID-19, in less than one minute.

Covid-19 detection using graphene biosensor image

Currently, most diagnostic tests for COVID-19 rely on a technique called real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), which amplifies SARS-CoV-2 RNA from patient swabs so that tiny amounts of the virus can be detected. However, the method takes at least 3 hours, including a step to prepare the viral RNA for analysis. Edmond Changkyun Park, Seung Il Kim and colleagues wanted to develop a faster diagnostic test that could analyze patient samples directly from a tube of buffer containing the swabs, without any sample preparation steps.

BioMed X completes development of graphene-based biosensors for near-patient testing

BioMed X has announced the completion of its first research collaboration project with Roche Diagnostics in the field of nanomaterial-based biosensors for near patient testing. BioMed X successfully achieved the proof of principle for a new sensor platform allowing the analysis of several different parameters from blood samples with one single device.

The project was initiated in 2015 as a call for application using BioMed X’s proprietary crowdsourcing platform for project proposals. As a result of an international innovation challenge, a team of early-career researchers from five different countries worked in Germany on the design of a field effect transistor-based multimodal sensing platform for proteins, blood gases and electrolytes, metabolites and enzymes with a single-use disposable material for point-of-care diagnostics.

US researchers and Aixtron engineers grew high-quality 300 mm graphene on copper-coated silicon wafers

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with Aixtron developed a new method to grow high-quality wafer-scale (300 mm) graphene sheets. This process may enable the integration of graphene with Silicon CMOS and pave the way towards graphene-based electronics.

The method is based on CVD growth on polycrystalline copper film coated silicon substrates. They report that their graphene has better charge carrier transport characteristics compared to previously synthesized poly- or single-crystalline wafers. The graphene has few defects and covers over 96% of the 300-mm wafer substrate.

Graphene Frontiers partners with CNSE on a $5 million graphene fabrication project

In July 2014, Graphene Frontier launched the "six sensors" brand for highly-sensitive chemical and biological GFET-based sensors following a financing round of $1.6 million. Graphene Frontiers announced a partnership with the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) to develop next generation graphene-based processes, technologies, and techniques.

Graphene Frontiers G-FET sensorGraphene Frontiers G-FET sensor

As part of the partnership, Graphene Frontiers and the CNSE will build a 300 mm fabrication process and wafer-transfer facility. The total investment in this project will reach $5 million over 3 years (and will be funded by the CNSE and Graphene Frontiers) and the project will employ 27 employees.