SoPRano™ Technology

SPR label-free screening on a standard absorbance plate-reader

Researchers have been using Surface Plasmon Resonance technology for many years and SPR now holds a valuable role in basic research and the discovery process for protein, antibody and small molecule therapeutics.

However, until now SPR has only been accessible through the use of dedicated and expensive specialist instrumentation – high capital and running costs and limited throughput mean that label-free analysis is restricted in its application and use.

Pharma Diagnostics’ vision is to revolutionise label free biomolecular interaction analysis – we are the first company to enable SPR label-free analysis on standard equipment that you already have in your laboratory! Our SoPRano™ platform delivers high throughput, plate-based, homogenous SPR assays using a standard absorbance plate reader, and enables  the broader adoption of SPR at all stages of research and  therapeutic discovery.

SoPRano™ Technology – SPR in solution using gold nanomaterials

The SoPRano™ platform uses an adaptation of SPR known as Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) whereby Gold Nano Rods (GNR) in solution are coated with the protein of interest.

A highly reproducible and dose dependent absorbance change occurs when target protein molecules attached to the surface of the GNR’s interact with a ligand. This is measured on a standard absorbance plate reader. Because the SoPRano™ technology is solution-based, it is highly flexible and can be used in 96- or 384-well formats.

The SoPRano™ platform has many advantages:

  • Label-free LSPR technology
  • Plate-based
    • Homogeneous mix and read assays
    • Potential for high throughput
    • Robust & reproducible
    • Cost effective
  • No specialised SPR equipment required:
    • Standard liquid handler and UV-Vis plate reader (scanning) to measure signal up to 1000nm are all that are required.

How it Works

SoPRano™ uses an adaptation of SPR known as Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) whereby Gold Nano Rods (GNR) in solution are coated with the protein of interest.

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