iotaSciences was spun out of the University of Oxford to commercialise IP developed through a collaboration between the Engineering Science and Pathology departments.
The technology builds on the concepts of surface tension and interfacial boundaries, using micro-volume fluid dynamics to generate bespoke microtiter arrays (fluidic grids) and microfluidics assays (freestyle fluidics) without the need for rigid compartment boundaries. The Company has developed a prototype device, called the isoCell, for printing its technology onto generic laboratory equipment, allowing researchers to easily design and print their own microfluidics assays at a very low cost. The device can also sort single cells into individual wells on a fluid microtiter array, allowing researchers to manipulate and grow monoclonal cell lines. The sale price of the device will make it easily available to most academic and industry research groups, removing the high cost associated with designing complex microfluidic and cellular assays.