Case Study - PolyPico Precise: a high-impact solution for scientific community

PicoPrecise is a new product launched in 2017 using technology licensed from the University of Limerick to PolyPico, a UL spinout. PolyPico’s dispensing technology offers a unique solution for dispensing miniscule volumes of fluid that range from nanolitre (10-9) to picolitre (10-12) scale using disposable fluid cartridges. It was designed for scientists who wish to dispense reagents, biomaterials or cells with ultra-high precision in an affordable way.

The core technology used by the company is based on the research activity of Dr. Gabriel Leen, who continues to work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UL. This acoustic dispensing platform technology was licensed from UL to the company in late 2013 and it was very well received by the scientific community following its launch in 2014.

To expand the capabilities and applications of the technology, the company launched PicoPrecise in 2017. This is a robot-based product which revolutionises the deposition of cells into well plates/slides, serial dilutions, biomolecule arrays, PCR and 3D biomaterial printing. The robot control allows exceptional accuracy when placing these tiny fluid volumes. PolyPico’s clients include some of the top universities and research performing institutes as well as commercial customers globally.

The PolyPico Technologies team continues to be actively involved in a number of research projects and has ongoing relationships with Diamond Light Source, which is the UK’s national synchrotron facility. PolyPico technology will be also used to introduce pico-litre volumes of material into the x-ray beam line in a series of crystallography experiments at the European XFEL.

The Technology Transfer team at UL has proactively participated at many stages of the commercialisation journey for the technology which included assisting the team in applications for funding (the company has received Commercialisation Fund from Enterprise Ireland), license negotiations and marketing activities, as well as support to help Polypico spin-out from the University.