Trinean wins cheque of 25.000 euro for quality improvement of microfluidic plastic disposables
Date: 27-04-2015
Ghent-based life sciences company Trinean has won the Time for a Boost innovation contest 2015, earning a much-coveted €25,000 check in the process. The professional jury was impressed with the company s suggestion to implement an automated optical inspection solution in the coating process of microfluidic plastic disposables.
Trinean is a Belgium based instrumentation company, bringing micro-volume molecular spectroscopy to the next level by combining best in class analytical software with a highly standardized read-out platform. Founded in 2006 as a spin-out of the Ghent University, Belgium and Imec Leuven, Belgium, the company commercializes two instruments, the XposeTM for ‘Touch & Go’ biomolecule quantification and the DropSense96TM, analyzing up to 96 samples, using microfluidic chips for standardized sample analysis (DropPlates and Xpose Slides). The Trinean platform is complemented with a software toolbox for improved data interpretation and lab-automation.
Picture from left to right: Kurt Hensen (CEO Test & Measurement Solutions) –
Kris Naessens (Head of production, Trinean NV) - Philippe Stas (CEO Trinean NV)
Kurt Hensen, CEO of Test & Measurement Solutions: “The three nominees each had a very strong proposal to improve the quality of their products. The professional jury was impressed by the suggestion of Trinean to implement an automated vision inspection system. This customized solution will be a great added value for the scalability of Trinian’s activities. In addition it will greatly improve their precision, traceability and process control of their coating process." 
This was confirmed by Philippe Stas, CEO of Trinean: “The quality of our optical lab instruments and associated microfluidic disposables are of particular importance to Trinean, whose portfolio is worldwide consulted in diagnostic centers and biobanks for sample analysis ". Kris Naessens , head of production explains: "This check helps our organization with the development of an automated vision inspection system for the microfluidic disposables. This system will ensure constant quality with traceability per lot or article and therefore, answers the needs of all customers who operate in a regulated environment."
Trinean follows ViskoTeepak and Cochlear, our winners of 2013 and 2012. Other Belgian nominees this year were Amcor Flexibles (Halen) and Canberra Semiconductor (Olen). Congratulations to all of them! Discover their stories on
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