A new concept in ELISA processing instrumentation
The Passepartout is an ELISA processor that exploits the concept of modularity pushed to the extreme: each module is a separate ELISA instrument that is able to process only one sample at a time for eight assays.
This architecture has a major drawback in the cost of subsystems, that need to be replicated in each module. While pipetting system, wash system and positive recognition of samples can be attained through low cost components, so do not really represent an obstacle, the key point is the photometer. Back in 2009, we ran for European research funds distributed by regional entities, and applied for an R&D grant from Regione Molise.
The project was nicknamed Micro Bio Reader (MBR). Upon the funding scheme, a new company was created in 2011 by Micro Bio Devices and its industrial partner Vidue, named MolTech s.r.l., and significant investments were made by both companies to carry on the project.