Micro Aerospace Solutions has been working on a micro-scale Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorter (FACS). This device is designed to be hand held and allow sorting of cells that have fluorescent characteristics such as green fluorescent protein (GFP) or live/dead staining. It could also be applied to any antibody or other staining system that takes advantage of fluorescence. The FACS system takes advantage of microfluidics to create a cell sorter that can fit in the palm of the hand.
The system can also be tailored to counting other cell-types, molecules and particles. Applications include lab-on-a-chip systems, field-based medical instruments and small satellite/spacecraft scientific instruments. We are pleased to discuss other applications. Applications for hand-held medical diagnostic devices in developing areas of the world are of high interest.