AcouWash is a stand-alone table top research tool, which applies acoustic forces to focus cells. It can be used to concentrate cells, move them from one medium to another or separate them based on size or acoustic properties such as density or compressibility. The AcouWash system is exclusively intended for research use and not approved for clinical or diagnostic applications in its present form. AcouWash is presently in its final phase of development with a functional prototype completed. Control software with a graphical user interface is intended to be completed mid-2017.
The advantage of using acoustic cell washing compared with standard centrifugation is the ability to handle much lower cell concentrations and more fragile cells. Further, the acoustic separation technology requires fewer manual steps and the technology may be integrated in continuous flow systems enabling cell separation/washing in point-of-care analytical devices.
The acoustic cell separation module will also be available as an OEM module to be integrated in larger analytical or diagnostic systems.