The RADAR programme is addressing the practical requirements for any instrument containing a biosensor for detection of toxins in a range of different industrial environments. It should be:
Robust:- RADAR is adapting existing devices to produce a device that can be used for continuous monitoring with a monthly-replacement or disposable format
Sensitive:- A rational design approach will be used to optimise the sensitivity for the application required using engineered biosensor receptor proteins from aquatic organisms
Versatile:- The RADAR biosensor cartridge will be developed for modular development of its individual components and will be tested for use by non-experts in real-life situations, ensuring it is fit for purpose for further commercial exploitation.
Label-free:- RADAR will optimise the detection system using two label-free approaches to maximise the utility of the instrument for real-life applications
Non-specialised:- the RADAR instrument will not require any regular laboratory-based input after initial testing and protocol development. An integrated and automated sample preparation system within the RADAR instrument supports this approach.
Flexible for continuous or discrete (spot) measurements:- the instrument design incorporates the requirement for continuous or periodic use so it may be used for applications requiring continuous monitoring or on an occasional basis
Remote sensing:- the RADAR instrument will incorporate a wireless communication capability so that data can be transmitted remotely