Compact disc technology puts a new spin on disease diagnostics
A Purdue University physicist and chemistry professor have teamed up to develop a human diagnostics system – a BioCD – that detects biomarkers in the blood by using a direct-read, multiplexing approach that measures captured content (DNA, RNA, protein, etc.). This captured content indicates either the healthy state of an individual screening, a specific disease state that an individual may be suffering from (diagnostics of personalized medicine) or the physiological reaction of the human body to a therapeutic that is being tested/developed. This science is known as genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc., and is expected to redefine how diagnostics are performed, drugs are developed, and therapeutics are prescribed over the next ten years.
The technology is licensed to Perfinity Biosciences, Inc., a Purdue Research Park-based company in West Lafayette, Ind., that is backed primarily by Indiana angel investors.
Dr. Rakesh Agrawal is the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. His research relates to renewable resources and clean energy. Dr. Agrawal’s contribution to this field has been recognized with many prestigious awards. To learn more about Dr. Agrawal and his technologies, click this link to his bio.
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Dr. Agrawal's current interest and passion is in energy production issues especially from renewable sources such as solar. The thrust of his research is to fabricate low-cost solar cells based on nanotechnology. For information about Dr. Agrawal's research group, click here Solar Group Website.
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Featured Innovation - Biomass to Liquid Fuel
Another major thrust of Dr. Agrawal’s current research is efficient conversion of biomass to liquid fuel and maximizing liquid fuel from a given quantity of biomass. He is also involved in modeling to find the role of biofuels vis-a-vis other solar energy derived alternatives to propel an entire transport sector in a solar economy. For information about Dr. Agrawal's research group, click here Biomass to Liquid Fuels Website.
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Dr. Agrawal’s group is also involved with developing efficient separation processes for crude petroleum distillation, ethylene recovery, gas separations, etc. Currently methods to synthesize and identify energy efficient distillation configurations for multicomponent separation are being developed. Additional effort is being devoted to develop optimal methods for membrane separation processes. For information about Dr. Agrawal's research group, click here Separations Group Website.
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