Mursla granted patents for novel nanoelectronics detection system for EVs

Unique technology harnesses the promising diagnostic power of extracellular vesicles and demonstrates potential application for the detection of many diseases, including cancer

Cambridge, UK, 20 October 2021: Mursla, a novel multi-omics Extracellular Vesicle (EV) characterisation company, is delighted to announce that it has been granted patents GB 2583550B and GB 2595423B for its novel nanoelectronics-based sensitive detection method for EVs.

Small EVs, usually 50-150 nm in diameter, are heterogenous vesicles (diverse bubbles) naturally secreted by cells during their lives. EVs have been shown to reflect the state of their cellular sources, transporting specific ‘-omics’ information (proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and metabolites) either locally or to distant sites via the circulatory system. Their content is conveniently accessible via the sampling of biological fluids (liquid biopsies), including blood draws.

EVs are increasingly recognised as information-rich biomarkers with the potential to detect many different diseases (particularly cancer and others, such as degenerative diseases) from early-onset. However, the vast potential of EVs has not yet been realised due to technological limitations, such as the difficulty in selecting disease-related EVs, insufficient analytical sensitivity and/or the low sample throughput.

Mursla’s novel technology is a proprietary nanoelectronics approach for the sensitive detection of disease-related EVs in fluids. Prepared liquid biopsy samples are introduced onto a nanochip composed of many nanogap electrodes (nanosensors), each one able to sense and attract nanoparticle-tagged EVs within seconds via a ‘sink effect’. By applying an AC (alternating current) voltage, the electrodes can generate a non-uniform electric field that polarizes specific nanoparticles, drawing them towards the nanogap electrodes via dielectrophoresis (DEP). After the attraction, an electrical activation step is performed, fusing the electrodes with the nanoparticles between the nanogaps when present, creating an ‘electrical bridge’ and increasing the current very significantly. Using an algorithm based on pre-established nanoparticle calibration curves the concentration of nanoparticles can be accurately calculated, and the concentration of tagged exosomes derived.

This technology is part of ExoPheno™, Mursla’s breakthrough integrated platform for the discovery and profiling of EV phenotypes in diseases.

Pierre Arsène, Founder & CEO, Mursla said: “This newly granted patent is a very positive step forward for our home-grown patent portfolio of exosome technologies, with more pending. We now have many reasons to believe that the exciting clinical translation of EVs into the clinic has not been constrained by their biology, but rather by our own technological capabilities. With the correct, accurate tools, we could detect diseases non-invasively in a new way for the prognosis, diagnosis, stratification and treatment monitoring of patients. Not only for cancer but also neurodegeneration like Alzheimer’s disease, immunology and cardiovascular diseases.”

This novel detection approach has been conceived for exponential chip manufacturing scalability in that:

  1. It does not require any chemical surface modification (that other surface-based sensors usually require) and avoids costly and time-consuming chemistry optimisation;
  2. The very high signal-to-noise ratio of the activated vs non-activated nanosensors ensures high compatibility with the latest MOSFET transistor systems and;
  3. It can be easily integrated into a hybrid electro-optical 96-well plate high throughput format

Pierre Arsène concluded: “Our next generation chip will integrate millions of nanosensors onto each chip, resulting in an unprecedented detection resolution. This will give us the firepower required for the detection of diseases with very low numbers of specific EVs in blood. The chip performance will only be limited by Moore’s Law – pronounced “Mur-s-la” in Japanese – which is what inspired our company name!”


Contact: Mursla

Sarah Brereton, Director, Limewash
Tel: 07796 583 223

About Mursla
Mursla is a breakthrough Extracellular Vesicle (EV) characterisation company based on a novel proprietary technology platform, ExoPheno™, which detects the multi-omics cargo of tissue-specific extracellular vesicles in blood for various biomedical applications. Extracellular Vesicles have been shown to reflect the state of their cellular sources, transporting specific ‘-omics’ information (DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids and metabolites) either locally or to distant sites via the circulatory system, including blood.

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