Bluechiip Limited (BCT) announced it has signed a Term Sheet to execute a Collaborative Co-Development Agreement with Swiss company Inpeco SA which allows both parties to collaborate to develop Inpeco products which integrate Bluechiip’s technology. Based in Lugano, Switzerland, Inpeco designs and manufactures automation systems for the total automation of clinical laboratories, so improving and simplifying biological sample processing. Inpeco works closely with some of the world’s largest and most advanced healthcare and technology companies. Inpeco’s solutions operate in more than 500 clinical laboratories around the world, making biological sample workflow an efficient and fast automatic process.
“We are delighted that Inpeco, a leader in its field, is looking at integrating Bluechiip’s tracking technology in its products,” said Bluechiip Limited CEO and Managing Director Brett Schwarz. “Integrating the bluechiip® technology into the robotics of automated laboratory equipment is a critical step in the movement away from manual systems.” Dr Jason Chaffey, Bluechiip Limited Chief Technical Officer (CTO), said “We are confident that our technology will be valuable in automated equipment used in life sciences where samples are being stored in ultra-cold environments like liquid nitrogen. Current tracking and labelling techniques of labels and barcodes do not operate well in these ultra-low temperature environments, especially when frost is prevalent. It is also critical to be able to monitor the temperature of these valuable samples, which only the bluechiip® tracking technology can do.”
Bluechiip has developed a wireless tracking solution for the healthcare and life science, security, defence and manufacturing industries which represents a generational change from current methods such as labels (hand-written and pre-printed), barcodes (linear and 2D) and microelectronic integrated circuit (IC)-based RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). The unique tag is based on MEMS technology and contains no electronics. The tag can either be embedded or manufactured into a storage product, such as vials or bags. Inpeco is dedicated to design and manufacture automation systems to improve and simplify biological sample processing in clinical laboratories. Inpeco offers OEM solutions to its strategic, international partners, and also acts as direct supplier, providing end-users (i.e. public and private laboratories) with the Inpeco’s branded FlexLab automation system.