FloBio’s innovative approach brings the power of microfluidics to the bedside and creates a biomimetic platform that is designed to directly measures clotting function components with an initial focus on:
- Platelet aggregation
- Thrombin generation
- Fibrin formation
Our platform technology will include a fully automated table top analyzer and a proprietary microfluidic device that evalautes the patient’s blood biology in real-time, under physiological and dynamic flow conditions.
This near patient diagnostic platform can help to personalize patient care by rapidly evaluate bleeding and thrombotic risk within 10 minutes, informing therapy choice, drug activity and reversal with the ability to also monitor effectiveness.
Our technology is based on more than 10 years of research and more than 30 publications that demonstrate the scientific foundation and proof of concept across a broad range of clinical and pharmacologic applications where understanding bleeding and clotting risk is essential. Our versatile R&D pipeline includes tests for anticoagulation drug activity, trauma induced coagulopathy, and neonate applications.
OUR 1st TEST IN DEVELOPMENT
Blood thinner medications and related adverse drug events has been a leading reason for ED visits costing hospitals $2.5B annually. With the advent of newer blood thinners or direct oral anticoagulants, there has been increasing focus on their safe use in certain clinical situations and the need for a DOAC specific test to assess anticoagulation levels.
Our first test address the growing need for Direct Oral Anticoagulant (DOAC) Testing. DOACs can not be easily monitored, presenting diagnostic challenges for bleeding concerns and emergencies. Our initial test will be the first of its kind to provide blood coagulation and DOAC status to improve clinical decision making and drive cost effective treatment.
GRANTS & AWARDS
FloBio has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Insitute of Health.
November 2020: NSF Phase 1 SBIR
August 2020: NIH Phase 1 SBIR
September 2019: NIH Phase 1 SBIR
March 2020: Pennsylvania Pediatric Device Consortium Grant
Rossi, J. M., S. L. Diamond, 2020, ‘Point-of-care and storage-stable, single-use 8-channel microfluidic chip for rapid testing of DOACs and DOAC Reversal agents under whole blood flow’ (abstract), Res Pract Thromb Haemost.; 4
Rossi, J. M., S. L. Diamond, 2019, ‘Feasibility of a single-use, storage-stale, point-of-care microfluidic chip for evaluation of platelet function and coagulation in whole blood under flow’ (abstract), Biomedical Engineering Society Conference
Zhu, S., B. A. Herbig, X. Yu, J. Chen, and S. L. Diamond. 2018. ‘Contact Pathway Function During Human Whole Blood Clotting on Procoagulant Surfaces’, Front Med (Lausanne), 5: 209.
Li, R., K. A. Panckeri, P. F. Fogarty, A. Cuker, and S. L. Diamond. 2017. ‘Recombinant factor VIIa addition to haemophilic blood perfused over collagen/tissue factor can sufficiently bypass the factor IXa/VIIIa defect to rescue fibrin generation’, Haemophilia, 23: 759-68.
Kaza, E. A., M. C. Egalka, H. Zhou, J. Chen, D. Evans, J. Prats, R. Li, S. L. Diamond, J. A. Vincent, E. A. Bacha, and T. G. Diacovo. 2017. ‘P2Y12 Receptor Function and Response to Cangrelor in Neonates With Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease’, JACC Basic Transl Sci, 2: 465-76.
Li, R., T. Grosser, and S. L. Diamond. 2017. ‘Microfluidic whole blood testing of platelet response to pharmacological agents’, Platelets, 28: 457-62.
Li, R., H. Elmongy, C. Sims, and S. L. Diamond. 2016. ‘Ex vivo recapitulation of trauma-induced coagulopathy and preliminary assessment of trauma patient platelet function under flow using microfluidic technology’, J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 80: 440-9.
Li, R., K. A. Panckeri, P. F. Fogarty, and S. L. Diamond. 2015. ‘Recombinant factor VIIa enhances platelet deposition from flowing haemophilic blood but requires the contact pathway to promote fibrin deposition’, Haemophilia, 21: 266-74.
Zhu, S., B. A. Herbig, R. Li, T. V. Colace, R. W. Muthard, K. B. Neeves, and S. L. Diamond. 2015. ‘In microfluidico: Recreating in vivo hemodynamics using miniaturized devices’, Biorheology, 52: 303-18.
Colace, T. V., R. W. Muthard, and S. L. Diamond. 2012. ‘Thrombus growth and embolism on tissue factor-bearing collagen surfaces under flow: role of thrombin with and without fibrin’, Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol, 32: 1466-76.