Universal Biosensors: Sensing the future of health care

Medical device manufacturer Universal Biosensors is working with CSIRO to add value to its products to make them competitive internationally.

The Challenge

Diagnosing diseases on the spot

Victorian medium-sized business Universal Biosensors (UBI) manufactures hand-held medical devices which are used by health professionals and patients to undertake crucial blood tests. Using UBI’s biosensor test strips, the devices are able to diagnose and monitor diseases on the spot.

Our Response

Improving the sensitivity of blood test strips

Universal Biosensors accelerated their business growth through a collaboration with CSIRO.

Seeking to grow their export business, UBI set out to improve the sensitivity of their test strips, which would allow them to test for a broader range of diseases. To do this, they needed access to specialist expertise and equipment.

Our SME Engagement Centre introduced UBI to Dr Helmut Thissen, an expert in bio coatings and surfaces. Through a collaborative project, they began developing an improved coating for the UBI test strips.

“Right now, it’s common for people with diabetes to use this kind of instrument, but we are looking towards a future when it will be standard for people to monitor their own health on a range of different levels,” said Dr Hodges.

The Results

Developing superior products for the global market

  • The technology will support a new range of tests, enabling the company to expand their product range and increase their client base and exports
  • The research is helping the company achieve a superior technology that will be internationally competitive. “UBI is a local Victorian-based SME with a very international outlook. By helping them improve their products, we’re helping Australia’s manufacturing industry grow into the high-end technology market,” said Dr Thissen
  • “Our close collaboration with CSIRO will enable us to further develop the research and create superior products that can be taken into the international diagnostics market,” said Dr Hodges.

This project was supported by the Enterprise Connect Researchers in Business program, which was an Australian Government initiative which provided funding to support the placement of researchers directly into businesses to help them develop and implement new commercial ideas.


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