Just over two years ago Newbury Electronics was appointed as the manufacturing partner on an EPSRC funded research project carried out collaboratively by the University of Southampton and Imperial College NHS, for manufacturing of low-cost, disposable, point-of-care, diagnostic devices. In the intervening time the research work has progressed under the leadership of Dr Themis Prodomakis, and the success of this initial research work is now gaining international recognition.

Nikolaos Vasilakis, a final year PhD student in the Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology research group of the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) department, has demonstrated how an affordable manufacturing technology, based on printed-circuit boards (PCBs), supplied by Newbury Electronics, can enable the integration of electrochemical biosensors, microfluidics and electronics in a monolithic manner. The technology is very suitable for affordable Point-Of-Care implementations, enabling both quantitative and qualitative diagnostic tests that are a necessity for addressing global health challenges, particularly of low-income countries. The student’s paper received the 2nd place award at the international IEEE-NIH Conference on Healthcare Innovations and Point of Care Technologies Conference (HI-POCT’16) held in Cancun, Mexico late in 2016. This prestigious conference provided a unique platform for healthcare researchers to keep abreast of emerging technology trends in global heath by establishing collaborations and networking with pioneers in this remit and key stakeholders including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr Prodromakis commented: “Throughout the project not only have we received excellent advice and support from Newbury Electronics but the boards that they manufacture are of the highest quality and delivered on time and to spec.”

“Whilst the main focus of our business is the manufacture and supply of far more day to day regular commercial enquiries for contract electronic manufacture and PCBs, project such as this are always welcome and open our eyes to the new possibilities that exist. We look forward to continuing to work with Themis and his team and hopefully taking this revolutionary solution to a viable, commercial product that will help with in field diagnostics,” said Philip King, managing director of Newbury Electronics.

The work is co-sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC EP/L020920/1) and the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the team is uniquely placed in delivering impactful innovations for Healthcare technologies through developing an end-to-end infrastructure for electronics-based diagnostics.

Newbury Electronics Ltd has been trading for 60 years, during which time it has kept in step with changes in both electronics and manufacturing. As a contract electronic manufacturer, each year, the company produces in excess of over 15,000 different PCB designs for its clients, who benefit from the economies of scale built from the volume of orders processed. To learn more about the company’s capabilities visit www.newburyelectronics.co.uk   or watch   https://www.youtube.com/embed/l3oYzWgIouU