Seraptix CC was formed by the UCT Inventor, Prof Jonathan Blackburn (IIDMM) and two other inventors, Michael Evans and Sriram Krishnan, to develop and ulitmately commercialise an advanced analytical tool that will be protected through patenting.
The invention relates to the use of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering and aptamers for direct detection and quantitation of various analytes inluding macromolecules such as proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, lipids and glycolipids as well as small molecules such as carbohydrates, anaesthetics or drugs.
Significant funding has been raised to develop the tool through a Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) grant. The grant project is led by UCT and has severl local and overseas consortium members, including Seraptix CC.
Due to the GCC project all inventors assigned their IP to UCT. Seraptix, however, in return has a license to develop applications that fall outside the scope of the GCC project and will largely pursue these in ernest once the GCC project has progressed sufficiently to provide the generic foundation for the tool.