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Purdue professor’s company to adapt Blu-ray for cancer detection

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – A company founded by a Purdue University scientist has landed nearly $200,000 in government funding to adapt Blu-ray technology into a device for detecting early-stage cancers.

J. Paul Robinson is a professor of cytomics, or the study of cell systems. He says adapting Blu-ray technology that’s used for watching videos and listening to music into a low-cost cancer diagnosis and monitoring platform may seem improbable, but he’s confident it will work.

The chief technology officer of Robinson’s West Lafayette-based company is a former Sony Corp. engineer who helped develop Blu-ray technology.

Robinson’s Cytomics Analytical LLC has received nearly $150,000 in federal funding and $50,000 in state funding. It will repurpose Blu-ray devices to detect fluorescent molecules attached to nanoparticles released into the blood during early stages of cancer and syndromes.