Military Embedded Systems

Xagenic assets acquired by General Atomics


January 29, 2018

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

SAN DIEGO. Officials at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) announced the acquisition of certain assets of Xagenic, Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based developer of molecular diagnostic systems.

The assets will be integrated into the new GA-EMS bio-sensor technology development operation located in Rancho Bernardo, California, to support the organization’s growth initiatives related to microelectronics, advanced sensors, and signal processing technologies for defense applications.

Xagenic developed a diagnostic system, which uses a unique, customizable cartridge containing a proprietary sensor chip to enable rapid, lab-quality molecular diagnostics for disease detection at the point of service. The diagnostic technology is completely automated within a single-use disposable cartridge and involves nanostructured microelectrode sensors allowing direct electrochemical analysis of the prepared sample on the cartridge. By fully automating steps that are typically performed by a laboratory technician, the system enables testing in settings where molecular methods might not be possible.

“The innovations Xagenic made in the design of ultrasensitive microelectronics and nano-sensors are highly complementary to our core strengths in developing and manufacturing complex, specialized electronic systems,” states Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.


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