Technology

Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip (p-BNC) Platform

Rice's programmable Bio-Nano-Chip offers a quick and cost-effective way to diagnose a range of diseases, a critical contribution to a world in which the cost of healthcare is rising at an alarming rate. The pBNC is a credit card-sized chip/reader platform that analyzes biomarkers found in bodily fluids.

Doctors in six clinical trials are using pBNCs to diagnose:

  • Ovarian, prostate and oral cancer
  • Cardiac disease
  • Drugs of abuse

The pBNC can diagnose in minutes what previously took a lab hours or days. This is critical to emergency care doctors – and their patients – who need information quickly to determine a proper course of treatment.

Our goal is to make pBNC diagnostics the standard tool for preventative medicine. Finding signs of disease before their symptoms present will save lives and cut the cost of healthcare.

Learn more about the Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip Platform:     

»The programmable bio-nano-chip technology takes steps to bring in closer to wide-spread clinical practice. This 3 minute video describes current progress that is being made in the cardiac diagnostics and mobile health areas.  

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»A public-private collaboration is resulting in the development of essential tools that in the future have potential to put diagnostic testing in your hands. This link provides access to an informative brochure that summarizes p-BNC activities in the cardiac diagnostics and mobile health areas.

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