Mobile Phone Based Fluorescence Multi-Well Plate Reader

Tech ID: 28975 / UC Case 2017-440-0


UCLA researchers have developed a novel mobile phone-based fluorescence multi-well plate reader.


Key challenges with point-of-care (POC) tests include achieving a low cost, portable form and stable readout. Additionally, POC tests need to retain the same robust standards of benchtop and lab-based tests.


UCLA researchers working with Dr. Aydogan Ozcan have developed a fluorescence microplate reader integrated onto the optical camera interface of a mobile phone. This device uses a cost-effective fiber optic bundle to create the microplate reader.


  • Cost-effective
  • Fast fiber optic bundle based fluorescence microplate reader
  • Integrated onto the optical camera interface of a mobile phone
  • Field-portable
  • Cost-effective
  • Mobile phone based readout platform 
  • Compatible with any fluorescence based assay that can be run in a 96-well microplate format

Patent Status

Patent Pending


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  • Ozcan, Aydogan

Other Information


Mobile phone, fluorescence multi-well plate reader, microplate reader, 96-well microplate, fluorescence based assay

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