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Russia backs development of domestic chips for blood and plasma testing

11 Nov '13
RVC BioFund, a fund set up by Russian Venture Company, and its partners have invested in Semiotik, a Russian developer and producer of new microchips for testing blood and donor plasma, the RVC website announced.

How much the fund has put up has yet to be specified; it is known, though, that a total of $6.2m has been invested in this round of funding.

The investment will help the company complete the development of the chips and their clinical trials, and set up shop.

Semiotiks inaugural (and flagship) product is a microchip designed to pinpoint pathogens and malignant tumor markers. This version of the chip is expected to help identify up to ten different pathogens at a time and perform oncology diagnostics based on determining tumor-specific antibodies to two types of tumor.

Plans are to launch the production line in 2015 somewhere outside Moscow (no specification has been given so far). The factory will operate at a projected capacity of about a million microchips a year.

According to tentative expert estimates, by 2020 the Russian market for the microchips will grow to more than $100m a year.

The partners are pushing the project in collaboration with New York University that is assisting in conducting clinical trials and licensing the microchip for the Russian, former Soviet Union and U.S. markets.
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