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Posted: Feb 27, 2012

Nanostart Holding Lumiphore Announces European Launch of Diagnostic Tests

(Nanowerk News) Nanostart holding Lumiphore announced the European launch of three diagnostic tests by its partner ThermoFisher Scientific Clinical Diagnostics using Lumiphore's time-resolved fluorescent reporter technology. ThermoFisher Clinical Diagnostics has launched three CE-marked in vitro diagnostic tests in countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), consisting of the 27 Member States of the EU and EFTA countries, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
The tests are assays produced by Brahms with the designations Copeptin us KRYPTOR, CT-proAVP KRYPTOR, and TRAK human KRYPTOR. Since June 2009, Brahms has been a contractual partner of Lumiphore. The company was acquired by ThermoFisher in September 2009.
These diagnostic tests use Lumiphore's Lumi4 technology, a new class of fluorescent-metal lanthanide detection reagents patented by Professor Kenneth N. Raymond and coworkers at the University of California, Berkeley.
"Using Lumi4-Tb will not only potentially increase sensitivity of certain BRAHMS diagnostic tests, but we are hopeful BRAHMS will consider the development of multiplexed assays measuring 3-4 parameters in one test sample," explained Dr. Steven Blose, Lumiphore's chief business officer. The impact of multiplexing multiple diagnostic tests in one sample on the daily clinical routine spares patients the burden of repeated blood withdrawal, while simultaneously saving time and expense for hospitals.
About Nanostart
Nanostart AG headquartered in the German financial capital of Frankfurt, is a leading nanotechnology investment company, with portfolio companies spanning the globe from Silicon Valley to Singapore. The company provides venture capital financing for nanotechnology companies in various growth phases with a focus on innovation-driven industries of the future such as cleantech, life sciences and IT/electronics. Through its subsidiary Nanostart Asia and the venture capital fund in Singapore, Nanostart is proud to be the investment partner of the Singaporean government.
About Lumiphore
Based in Richmond, California, Lumiphore Inc., a privately held company, is a biotechnology leader in the development of proprietary fluorescent-metal lanthanide technology for use in high-value applications, which are commercialized through market-specific alliances with corporate partners. Lumiphore has exclusive licenses to the basic science developed at the University of California, Berkeley in the laboratory of Professor Kenneth N. Raymond, a world expert on lanthanide chemistry. For more information about Lumiphore, visit Lumi4 is a registered mark of Lumiphore, Inc.
Source: Nanostart (press release)
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