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Spartan Bioscience Unveils the World’s Smallest DNA-testing Device

Spartan Bioscience today introduced the Spartan Cube, the world’s smallest commercial molecular diagnostics device that enables unprecedented portability and convenience.

The Cube is exceptionally small—it takes up the space of a coffee cup. At only four inches cubed in size, the Cube fits easily into any space, whether in a hospital, doctor’s office, or pharmacy.

The device’s simple design enables anyone to quickly perform DNA testing. It connects wirelessly to a tablet or laptop that displays test instructions and results with an intuitive touch interface. In addition, the Cube goes from sample to result in a fraction of the time compared to traditional lab-based testing. Doctors, patients, and other users can get immediate results rather than waiting for a lab to run a test.

The Spartan Cube is a PCR-based platform for a variety of molecular diagnostic applications, including infectious disease, pharmacogenetics, and food and water testing. Spartan Bioscience will showcase the Spartan Cube and announce an initial assay menu at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo on July 31, 2016 in Philadelphia, P.A.

Paul Lem, M.D., CEO of Spartan Bioscience, says the Spartan Cube is taking the complexity out of DNA testing.

“The Spartan Cube is a revolutionary molecular diagnostics platform. It enables rapid DNA testing with a device so portable, you can literally hold it in the palm of your hand,” says Dr. Lem. “Whether you want to quickly test a sick patient in a doctor’s office or run a genetic test for drug response—the Spartan Cube will provide results when and where you need them.”

Spartan Bioscience is the leader in on-demand DNA testing.(1) Spartan is bringing complete sample-to-result DNA-testing systems to medicine. Spartan’s technology fully integrates DNA collection, extraction, and analysis, with an intuitive interface that is easy to operate. For the first time, healthcare providers and their patients can get DNA results on demand.

1. Roberts JD et al. (2012). Lancet. 379:1705–11.

Note: The Spartan Cube is for research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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