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Affinité Instruments partners with Deep Biologics on an Innovative Solutions CANADA COVID-19 Challenge

Montréal, Québec, Canada 

Affinité Instruments (Montreal, QC, Canada) is proud of their contribution working with Deep Biologics (Guelph, ON, Canada) in the successful completion of phase I of the “Point-of-Care Diagnostic Kit for COVID‑19" challenge under the federal government’s Innovative Solutions Canada.

Issued jointly by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the objective of this challenge was to develop a proof of concept of a rapid diagnostic platform for Covid-19 that can be deployed remotely outside the traditional centralized test facilities. Deep Biologics was one of the four research and development funding recipients under the challenge, proposing the use of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) combined with their proprietary cost-effective antibody to detect SARS-CoV-2 in saliva samples. Deep Biologics invited  Affinité Instruments to collaborate on the project. In just two week, Affinité Instruments was able to demonstrate, through pre-clinical validations of saliva samples, the repeatability and stability of viral detection using Affinité’s patented portable SPR biosensor using sensors coated with Deep Biologics’ proprietary antibodies. The results, including a successful live demonstration of the portable SPR biosensing technique, were presented to the Challenge committee .

Dr. Ludovic Live, CEO of Affinité Instruments, states, “The power of Affinité’s portable SPR technology was clearly highlighted in this joint development with Deep Biologics. The ease of developing a bioassay in record time and cost-effectiveness of using this platform was proven with effective outcome quickly and reliably”. And CEO of Deep Biologics Dr. Dea Shahinas concurs: “The surprising ease of use of Affinité's portable SPR platform to quickly validate Deep Biologics proprietary antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 screening meant that we were able to perform more assay optimizations and control measurement within the limited time and budget, as well as maximize the sensitivity and specificity of this combined kit for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in saliva. The strength of this partnership lies in the teams of our two companies, which bring together motivation and expertise to tackle a challenge like development of a point of care diagnostics in an unprecedented amount of time”. 

Both Affinité Instruments and Deep Biologics will continue this partnership to co-develop not only a rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19, but also other patient-centered point-of-care solutions to simplify access to clinical testing and early-diagnosis in the general population.

About Affinité Instruments

Founded by Professor Masson and Professor Pelletier from the Université de Montréal, Affinité Instruments is a MedTech startup offering innovative biosensing solutions in life sciences based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR). We have successfully developed a portable SPR platform based on the complex and costly SPR instrumentation used in the pharmaceutical industry. Our first product P4SPRTM offers portability and modularity to bridge a gap between the need to simplify the assay development workflow and accessibility to powerful SPR technology. Affinité instruments' vision is to expand the applications of this reliable SPR technology into the area of point-of-care diagnostics and real-time monitoring in personalized medicines.


About Deep Biologics

Deep Biologics streamlines and accelerates the design and development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic products by leveraging the power of computational biology and artificial intelligence followed by thorough experimental validation.

We deliver competitive integrated biologics with proven efficacy and cutting edge technology to the market. Our team brings over a decade experience in discovery, optimization, formulation, delivery and scale-up of therapeutic and diagnostic products that are ready for clinical trials.