Health & Life Science applications 

Analytical Instruments & Diagnostics

During any phase of developing your life science project, RPO can provide you with optical expertise and support to see your design through to production. Our range of products and services can help you achieve a shorter development cycle, fully optimized and robust optical performance, and integration into complex instrumentation systems.

Applications include:

  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Environmental analyzers
  • Veterinary diagnostics
  • Atomic force microscopes
  • Optical profilers
  • Cell analyzers (flow cytometry)
  • DNA analyzers
  • Immunoassay readers

Research & Development 

Life science applications often face challenges in creating high power, capable optical systems that meet the resolution requirements of your research and the size and weight constraints of a lab. Our design team offers a competitive edge and is an important part of overcoming such challenges. We work with your team through the design phase and are not limited by one specific type of technology.

Design options for life science applications can be determined using our Discovery Service. We can help you troubleshoot design issues and provide suggestions for your next steps. Using innovative engineering designs, we create optical systems that improve efficiency and meet your need for low weight, portable analytical instruments that require minimal space. 

Life Science Components & Assemblies 

RPO is able to meet your exact optical needs by creating custom or build-to-print designs. Additionally, our ability to use a number of fabrication practices as well as different components or assemblies allows for the creation of a unique device based on your specific optical system requirements. 

Typical components and assemblies in the life science market include: 

Our Expertise

  • Assemblies
  • Aspheric doublets
  • Injection molded polymers
    • Windows
    • Lenses
    • Structural

Life Science Case Studies

Blood Assay Microarray Reader

RPO collaborated with a life science startup company to develop a prototype that applied optics to a blood assay microarray reader. The new instrument promised faster processing speed with a smaller footprint, but its performance hinged on a compact optical system design that maintained existing industry standards.

Smartphone-Based QC Device

A food safety company engaged RPO engineering to develop a method and mobile phone compatible device to rapidly detect somatic cells in dairy milk. RPO designed, prototyped, and produced the complete optical and optomechanical system, including required electronics. The product is now available globally.

Micro-Plate Reader

RPO designs and manufactures a number of micro-plate readers for the life science industry. We have provided the complete optical chain including lighting, sensors and optics, and all mechanical interfaces of the optical subassembly. Our most recent micro-plate reader was a 12 chip reader.

RPO Optical Engineering Discovery Services