Mobile Molecular Diagnostics System

Tech ID: 24969 / UC Case 2015-147-0

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,901,923 02/27/2018 2015-147

Brief Description

There is a growing interest in point-of-care testing (POCT) where testing is done at or near the site of patient care, since POCT has a short therapeutic turnaround time, decreased process steps where errors can occur and only a small sample volume is required to perform a test. 


UC Berkeley researchers have developed a mobile molecular diagnostics system that leverages efficient and dependable blood sampling, automated sample preparation, rapid optical detection of multi-analyte nucleic acids and proteins, and user-friendly systems integration with wireless communication.  The system includes a hand-held automated device with an adaptive sample control module, an optical signal transduction module, and an interface to a smartphone making this a reliable and field-applicable system for point-of-care and on-demand diagnostics.


Suggested uses

  • Microfluidic point-of-care diagnostic device for protein and nucleic acid detection
  • Point-of-care device for on-demand diagnostics
  • Forensic science testing
  • Food testing
  • Environmental monitoring


  • Rapid and simultaneous detection of multiple analytes (e.g., proteins and nucleic acids)
  • Portability
  • Low cost, simple operation, and low power consumption
  • Automated sample preparation
  • User-friendly systems integration


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  • Lee, Luke P.

Other Information


Diagnostics, point-of-care, personalized medicine, on-demand, hand-held, analysis, wireless communication, nucleic acids, proteins, molecular diagnostic

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