Biosurfit Success Story

Situated in Lisbon, Portugal, Biosurfit is a company that develops and sells medical tests for immunoassays, haematology and clinical chemistry. They had a product idea to enable physicians to give their patients more accurate and comprehensive answers in a single consultation. But how to fund and transform this idea into a prototype? Biosurfit needed a partner with experience in tooling and moulding microstructured components as well as product development and production. We at Axxicon were able to answer their call for help.

Biosurfit Founder and CEO João Garcia da Fonseca and Senior R&D Manager Nuno Reis revealed how Axxicon helped them to solve the production problem of their disposable diagnostic disc.

 

A brief history

Nuno

“João started this company in 2006 with a small team. We all knew that we wanted to create a disposable diagnostic disc product for point of care testing. We just didn’t have the tech to carry it out. We knew what the disc should include and look like, the kind of chemistry we wanted to use, and we knew that the market was ripe for this kind of product. We wanted to bring together optics for detection, microfluidics for processing the samples, and reagents because you need them in order to make the reactions work for this kind of testing.
The down side of our idea? We had little knowledge about the tough regulatory requirements and no one to help us produce this kind of disc.”

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How Biosurfit met Axxicon

Nuno

“When we first started to produce our microfluidic discs, we worked with an Asian company for microfluidic disc moulding. This company was fine when it came to low cost and low volume disc production. However, it was soon clear to us that for high volume production at the quality level required we needed a different technology. This is where Axxicon came in. Dirk Verhoeven, Technical Director, contacted me to introduce Axxicon and discuss what they could do for Biosurfit. Everything Dirk told me about just made sense and fit with our product requirements. You see, our former suppliers were mostly moulding discs, whilst Axxicon was constructing tailor-made moulds. Furthermore, some of our suppliers were actually using Axxicon moulds! Axxicon was not merely replicating the plastic, they had the actual knowledge about how to create and produce the specific moulds we wanted – Intricate moulds capable to produce millions of parts. What’s more, Axxicon was excited to create these kind of products.”

“We came to Axxicon with a cutting-edge request and they met our needs, right from the start. It’s been a journey of zeroing in on the challenges and then finding the solutions. Interesting, because there was no way to know what problems we were going to face at what time. We simply addressed the challenges together, head on. Axxicon has proved themselves to be much more than just a supplier.”

“We have worked with other companies, but Axxicon’s knowhow distinguishes them clearly from everyone else I have worked with from around the world. They can look at a design, consider all its challenging features and come up with a physical, working object. The people of Axxicon are really great at that!”

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