Our technology offers;

  • Small footprint easily integrated into current manufacturing workflows.
  • Real-time data outputs to enable real time actions and decisions.
  • Unique data analysis algorithm offering the first example of shape classification in the field, proven to work on microbes of different shapes.
  • Non-destructive analysis platform that can deal with complex samples.

Figura operates in two stages, using a single instrument.

Particle characterization – stage 1. Characterizing particles from 100nm up to 100 microns

In contrast to competitors Figura does not require sample filtration or purification. Figura measures the entire sample instantly with no preparation, regardless of viscosity and colour. Our technology operates with demanding matrices such as milk, tea, toothpaste and juice, rapidly identifying microorganisms.

A sample (no preparation required) is passed through a sensor. Figura’s technology measures the number, size and shape of each additive/particulate and rapidly analyses the data. The technology is based upon the Resistive Pulse Sensing methods, however unlike the other technologies on the market Figura can characterize nanomaterials and micro materials simultaneously, and the presence of larger particles does not interfere with or block the analysis of the nanomaterials.

Assay kits – Stage 2. Where needed analyte specific detection can be carried out using assay kits (20 mins). The analysis of the solution (stage 1) is non destructive, and if the user is alerted to the presence of contamination/ microorganisms a simple assay can be performed using the same technology.

Our approach uses DNA biorecognition as opposed to costly antibodies or PCR, reducing the numbers of reagents, costs and time. The kits are designed to be used by unskilled users, mixing the reagents with the sample, before being placed back into the technology platform. In this way we merge the specificity of microbiology with rapid diagnostics. The core technology allows us to easily adapt kits to the microorganism of interest tailored to each manufacturer or application.

To date we have developed assays for microorganisms within food and drink, Sars-Cov-2 and a range of health and environmental analytes.