The challenge

Many IVD assays and devices rely on fluorescence emission and detection. This is particularly true in the field of molecular diagnostics, where real-time PCR and other instruments that detect and process fluorescent dye signals are used every day in both research and clinical laboratories. Calibration of fluorimeters in in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices is essential to ensuring repeatable, reproducible, and accurate fluorescence measurements and test results.

The solution

Volpi combines decades-long experience in fluorometer manufacturing and unrivaled expertise in the use of fluorescence dyes to develop this new fluorescence calibration tool for manufacturing quality assurance, calibration services and other uses. Volpi has developed a new 96-well fluorescence calibration plate with fluorescence standards for five commonly used fluorescence dyes. These dyes are the most commonly used in assays today. The dyes are embedded in a solid matrix in the wells of a standard test plate to ensure long-term stability and reusability. During fluorometer manufacturing or at the site of use of the diagnostic device, Volpiā€™s new fluorescence calibration tools can be used…

  • To calibrate for signal non-linearities
  • To calibrate the dynamic range of adetector for different fluorescence dyeconversion efficiencies To calibrate for signal non-linearities
  • For calibration of the detector sensitivity
  • For calibration of the signal dependency inresponds to sample volume dependencies
  • To detect fluorescence bleed-through compensation in multiplex assays
  • Recognize inter-position variances within the system
  • For blank signal subtraction

Fluorescence Calibration Tools

The dyes are embedded in a solid matrix, allowing for room-temperature storage with no concentration change and undiminished high mechanical robustness. The calibration tool is used by simply placing in the fluorimeter and running it manually.

This calibration tool features long-term, stable fluorescence dyes with high temperature stability and resistance to photobleaching, caused by an alteration of the fluorescent dye that inhibits its ability to fluoresce.

The plate is comprised of five dilutions of each of the single dyes that emit between 440-780 nm, and dilutions of dye mixtures and blank positions. All single dyes, mixtures and blank samples are present in replicate to determine interposition variances and to validate the system. As part of the development process the 96-well fluorescence dye plate was used for testing a sixfluorescence-channel fluorescence scanner. With the availability of this fluorescence calibration tool, Volpi continues to expand its capabilities in the development, manufacturing, and lifecycle management of IVD devices. The dyes are embedded in a solid matrix, allowing for room-temperature storage with no concentration change and undiminished high mechanical robustness. The calibration tool is used by simply placing in the fluorimeter and running it manually.

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