Our Technology

The LightDeck platform is built on advanced planar waveguide technology that uses inexpensive, disposable test cartridges and a portable analyzer.

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Our Technology

Our technology enables lab‑quality, quantitative, on‑the‑spot results.

  • Quantitative

    Quantitative, reproducible, and highly sensitive

  • Speed

    Results in as little as 5 minutes

  • Simple

    Just add sample and walk away

  • Low cost

    Elegantly simple and scalable design

  • Multiplex

    Dozens of tests possible on a single cartridge

How our technology works


Planar Waveguide Technology

Enables Whole Blood Analysis

  • Evanescent field illumination reduces interference from cells and unbound fluorophores
  • The laser’s emission is tuned to minimize absorbance and auto-fluorescence associated with hemolysis
  • High-sensitivity imaging system detects very low concentrations

Multiplex Analysis

  • Replicates improve precision and test reliability
  • Built-in positive and negative quality controls


An Innovative Portable Biosensor System for the Rapid Detection of Freshwater Cyanobacterial Algal Bloom Toxins

Bickman S, et al. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b02769

Performance evaluation of the MBio Diagnostics point-of-care CD4 counter

Logan C, et al. Journal of Immunological Methods, 2013;387(1-2):107-13. Epub 2012/10/16. doi: 10.1016/j.jim.2012.10.002 S0022-1759(12)00300-6 [pii]. PubMed PMID: 23063690; PMCID: 3529779

Rapid Multiplexed Immunoassay for Simultaneous Serodiagnosis of HIV-1 and Coinfections

Michael J. Lochhead,1* Kathryn Todorof,1 Marie Delaney,1 Jeffrey T. Ives,1 Charles Greef,1 Kevin Moll,1 Keagan Rowley,1 Kurt Vogel,1 Chris Myatt,1 Xing-Quan Zhang,2
Cathy Logan,2 Constance Benson,2 Sharon Reed,2 and Robert T. Schooley2*
MBio Diagnostics, Inc., Boulder, Colorado 80301,1 and Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, San Diego, California 920932