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Optotracers - multifunctional fluorescent tracers

On the first of June 2021, Ferdinand Choong, Ebba Biotech's co-founder, and Assistant Professor at Karolinska Institutet and AIMES (Center for the Advancement of Integrated Medical and Engineering), presented his research using Ebba Biotech's optotracers at the digital event Lab & Diagnostics of the Future 2021, held by Life Science Sweden.

At this event, Ferdinand spoke about Ebba Biotech's optotracers multifunctional tracer for disease research and diagnostics. He explains the technical concept in large and Ebba Biotech's three product series,

Amytracker - used to detect amyloids and other protein aggregates,
Ebba Biolight - used to detect bacteria and biofilm,
Carbotrace - used for mapping composition of biobased material.

At AIMES, Ferdinand is applying optotracing to improve research and diagnostics of infection, where bacterial infection has a significant role, and biofilm might be the key reason why bacterial infection exists, which he describes in more detail.

There are a couple of common techniques today, such as Congo Red Assay which is used to analyze biofilms, but the issue with this technique and many others is that it needs a trained eye for valid analysis and correct conclusions being drawn. When using EbbaBiolight instead, a more distinct answer as to whether biofilm exists or not is given, which makes this technique easier to use and conclusions are more easily drawn from an experiment.



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