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BioNanomatrix Receives $200,000 NCI Grant

Photonics.com
Sep 2007
Princeton University spinoff BioNanomatrix Inc. of Philadelphia today announced it has received a new $200,000 Small Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the US National Institutes of Health. BioNanomatrix said it will use the money to develop, with Princeton, integrated fluidics systems for its whole genome analytic platform that can separate out and sort whole chromosomes from a single cell or multiple cells, a process called "cell fractionation." The project will enable sorting of subcellular components by size, such as chromosomes prior to their isolation in nanofluidic channels, so that analyses can be performed in a real-time, benchtop format. A goal is to make whole genome studies less time consuming and costly, the company said.  "The core BioNanomatrix nanofluidics technology was originally developed at Princeton and we look forward to continuing to collaborate to further develop its utility for applications in both biomedical research and clinical medicine," said James Sturm, co-investigator of the project and William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.


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cell
1. A single unit in a device for changing radiant energy to electrical energy or for controlling current flow in a circuit. 2. A single unit in a device whose resistance varies with radiant energy. 3. A single unit of a battery, primary or secondary, for converting chemical energy into electrical energy. 4. A simple unit of storage in a computer. 5. A limited region of space. 6. Part of a lens barrel holding one or more lenses.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
prism
A transparent optical element having at least two polished plane faces inclined relative to each other, from which light is reflected or through which light is refracted.
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