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A patient-friendly blood collection device that produces pure plasma samples for simple laboratory analysis

Project description

Patient-friendly blood collection for the test

Tens of millions of blood tests are are performed annually in Europe as part of regular health check-ups or assessment. Testing involves blood collection and the preparation of plasma, a time-intensive and expensive process. This EU-funded project aims to finalise the development and subsequent commercial introduction of a specialised device for blood collection and plasma preparation. Named HemaXis DX, the device uses microfluidics technology to collect and immediately prepare accurate volumes of plasma for laboratory analysis. A major bonus, this device collects blood painlessly from the fingertip with on the spot plasma sample preparation unlike the traditional venepuncture method.


Blood analysis is undoubtedly one of the most powerful medical diagnostic tools. In most cases, blood tests are often a part of regular check-up undertaken yearly to diagnose certain abnormal values, such as low haemoglobin or high/low sodium or potassium levels. In Europe tens of millions of blood tests are performed annually. Blood collection techniques have not significantly changed since 1950’s: venepuncture is the most routinely performed procedure and skilled healthcare professionals and complex procedures to attain adequate blood samples are still required. In addition to an outdated process, before the blood is tested, it needs to be precisely prepared for analysis. Most routine laboratory tests are performed on plasma, which is the liquid component of blood which contains dissolved proteins, glucose, clotting factors, mineral ions, hormones and drugs. However, the preparation of the blood plasma is a time consuming and costly process.
HemaXis DX is a dried blood plasma spot device which uses microfluidics technology to collect and prepare accurate volume of controlled samples of plasma immediately ready to be analysed in laboratory allowing sample preparation directly at the point of collection. HemaXis DX allows the clinician/lab technician to collect the required drops of blood from the fingertip in a minimally invasive, fast and painless manner. Unlike the traditional venepuncture, this method of collecting blood does not result in any side effects. A simple finger prick is needed to extract a minimal amount of blood in single droplets in a matter of seconds.
During the phase 1 project, a go-to-market strategy and a supply chain will be established, as well as further development plan will be drafted. Within the overall innovation project DBS System will finalize its engineering of HemaXis DX before scaling up for clinical studies and system industrialization.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Route des avouillons 6
1196 Gland

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00