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Sat

31

Jul

2021

ZP sponsored PhD at University of Plymouth


Project description

This studentship is for a graduate to join our multi-disciplinary research group investigating a new safe treatment for cancer of the brain. The graduate will enrol for a higher degree aimed at achieving a PhD within three years. The treatment involves the use of low-intensity Electric Fields which are known to prevent the uncontrolled division of cancer cells. This treatment, if optimised, could revolutionise the treatment of fatal brain tumours such as Glioblastomas. It may also extend to other types of cancers. Currently, a treatment is already approved in the USA (see https://www.optune.com/) and used together with chemotherapy drugs to slow down the progress of the cancer. The aim of this project is to maximise the efficacy of the Electric Fields so as to render the chemotherapy drugs unnecessary.

To achieve optimization of the electric fields we are currently exploring the effect on cells inside the eggs of the common fruit fly (Drosophila). These cells divide much faster than human cancer cells so allowing direct observation of the dividing process under a high-resolution microscope.

The project is in collaboration between the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (SECaM), Peninsula School of Medicine and our industrial partner Zimmer & Peacock Ltd. The project will involve design and development of electronics, electric field electrode systems and graphene sensors. You will also gain experience of behavioural assays, immunohistochemistry, expression of fluorescent proteins and confocal microscopy.

Eligibility

Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification. Some background and expertise in Biochemistry, Bioelectronics and Biosensors as well as practical experience of conducting experiments and data analysis is desirable.

The studentship is supported for 3.5 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate). The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants required to cover International fees will normally have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,697 per annum).

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Shakil Awan.

Please refer to the list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process generally, please contact doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 1 October 2021. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by 11 October 2021. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 18 October 2021 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Sat

31

Jul

2021

Biosensors for Cleanliness and Dirt

The cleanliness of a surface can be ascertained through visual inspection, but of course this is not quantifiable effort and of most pathogens can't be seen by the unassisted eye. On this page we discuss biosensors that are bacteria specific, and additionally purine biosensors for more generic  cleanliness investigations.

TRADITION METHODS - AGAR PLATING

Whether a system is clean can be determined by an assessment of the bacteria population using traditional colony forming unit measurement where an agar plate is inoculated with the sample.  The issues with agar plates is that the technique is neither quick to prepare and that quantification takes at least 24 hours.


FOODSENSE - E Coli. BIOSENSOR

The FoodSense from Zimmer and Peacock is a biosensors system, where within a 30 minutes the E. Coli population in a sample can be determined.

The biosensor on the FoodSense is very specific to E. Coli . When asking broader questions regarding whether a system is or is not clean,  it is necessary to have a biosensor with broader sensitivity to pathogens.


CLEANLINESS/DIRT SENSOR

The FoodSense platform is designed to answer the question 'is a specific bacteria present', but when asking the more broader question on whether is a system is clean or  'dirty'  then this question can't be answered by la biosensor with very high specificity.

 

For example a FoodSene E Coli Sensor can detect E Coli but it can't be used in a hospital setting to  detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This is because the sensor is working as intended and is specific to E coli and is otherwise 'blind' to Staphylococcus aureus.

 

When asking the question is a system clean then a biosensor that is broader in applicability is required, therefore for these broader questions around cleanliness ZP recommends our patent protected purine sensing technology.. The purines associated with bacteria includes: hypoxanthine, adenosine, ATP and inosine; their presence in the sample/environment is linked to the microbial load. The advantage of the purine biosensor is it can detects general bacteria activity whether it is E Coli, Staphylococcus aureus etc. 


FORM FACTOR AND DEVELOPMENT

ZP is the World's biggest ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors, including disposable sensors and wearable sensors. 

 

ZP is able to accelerate the development of new sensors, sensor form factors and new sensor applications using our ZP Accelerator platform, please contact us to discuss more.


Fri

30

Jul

2021

ZP Live Caffeine Detection Demo

Zimmer and Peacock are the World's leading manufacturer of biosensors and screen printed electrodes, and so we are delighted to be partnering again with PalmSens and their fully functional potentiostat the SensitSmart in another live streaming webinar  from the ZP labs.


Tue

27

Jul

2021

Microneedles from ZP

ZP is an experienced ISO13485 manufacturers of microneedles, these microneedles are used by our collaborators in a number of applications including: biosensing, drug delivery, inoculation, etc.


Tue

27

Jul

2021

ZP is attending Medica 2021

ZP is delighted to be exhibiting at Medica 2021


Tue

27

Jul

2021

ZP is attending Sensors in Medicine 2021

ZP is delighted to be exhibiting at Sensors in Medicine 2021.


Mon

19

Jul

2021

ZP is currently purchasing technology and technology businesses

Zimmer and Peacock (ZP) is currently in a position to acquire technology and/or technology businesses. We are particularly interested in IP in terms of granted patents, and businesses with ISO certifications, including ISO13485. Our core business at ZP is the development and manufacture of electrochemical biosensors, and so we are interested in the entire technology stack from the electrodes to the actionable information. Please feel free to contact ZP if you know of such an opportunity.


Fri

16

Jul

2021

ZP - ISE OEM electronics (ion-selective electrodes)

sodium sensing, potassium sensing, pH sensing, chloride sensing, calcium sensing, nitrate sensing, ammonium sensing, phosphate sensing

The ZP - ISE OEM product is not a substitute for a fully functional potentiostat, for those who need a research product we suggest the AnaPot or the Sensit Smart.


ZP - ISE OEM

Welcome to the ISE OEM solution for ion-selective electrode biosensor developers.

 

This is an OEM solution from ZP which is priced to be competitive for developers of ion biosensor applications. The solution on this page is perfect for use with ZP's ion-selective electrodes; sodium, potassium, pH, chloride, pH, calcium, nitrate, ammonium, phosphate.

 

 

For those looking for a fully functional potentiostat we would recommend AnaPot or PalmSens available from ZP.

GFET - Zimmer and Peacock biosensor platform - Part Number: ZP5000467

A thumb sized biosensor platform for driving biosensors, sensors, FET, ISFETS and BioFETs.

250,00 €
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The ZP ISE OEM instructions

PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to provide users the instruction to get started with GFET pH measurement. The step by step procedure for the measurement is provided in the section below.

 

SCOPE

The scope of this document is limited to the GFET pH measurement using open circuit potential method (OCP) on the potentiostat channel zero (POT0) on the GFET PCB. 

 

TERMINOLOGY

 

OCP is open circuit potential

SPE is screen printed electrode

 

 

PROCEDURE

1. Connect the SPE ZP pH sensor to the connector on GFET 

2. Connect the GFET using a micro USB cable to the PC

 

3. To verify if the device is connected properly and enumerated as a COM port, open Control Panel->Device Manager->Port and find COM number (COM5 in this case).


4. Open any terminal application such as TeraTerm (https://osdn.net/projects/ttssh2/releases/) to view the data from the GFET. The baud rate must be set 57600 bps.


5. Once the device is connected the user can see the pH measurement values in volts displayed in the user interface (see image). The data can be later used in Microsoft Excel or python script for further processing and visualization.

 


Fri

16

Jul

2021

Point-of-care measurements for stroke patients

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability, and there has been intense clinical research into identifying  objective measurements or diagnostics  for stroke, including triaging stroke and stroke mimics.. Among the recognised biomarkers for stroke  are the purines: adenosine, inosine and hypoxanthine, which are downstream metabolites of adenosine-triphosphate (ATP).

 

At the time of writing the note clinical studies have been performed on correlating the purines in  venous blood with stroke and epilepsy, and studies are on going with testing capillary blood for purines.. From these initial studies the time window in which purine levels are raised and indicative of stroke is approximately 4.5 hours.


ZP is looking to expand our work with clinicians to utilize our ZP Accelerator platform as part of our validation of purine biomarkers for tissue damage related conditions.


Mon

12

Jul

2021

GFET pH sensing

PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to provide users the instruction to get started with GFET pH measurement. The step by step procedure for the measurement is provided in the section below.

 

SCOPE

The scope of this document is limited to the GFET pH measurement using open circuit potential method (OCP) on the potentiostat channel zero (POT0) on the GFET PCB. 

 

TERMINOLOGY

 

OCP is open circuit potential

SPE is screen printed electrode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCEDURE

1. Connect the SPE ZP pH sensor to the connector on GFET 

2. Connect the GFET using a micro USB cable to the PC

 

3. To verify if the device is connected properly and enumerated as a COM port, open Control Panel->Device Manager->Port and find COM number (COM5 in this case).


4. Open any terminal application such as TeraTerm (https://osdn.net/projects/ttssh2/releases/) to view the data from the GFET. The baud rate must be set 57600 bps.


5. Once the device is connected the user can see the pH measurement values in volts displayed in the user interface (see image). The data can be later used in Microsoft Excel or python script for further processing and visualization.

 


Mon

12

Jul

2021

3D biosensor printing room

Rapid prototyping for biosensor development at ZP is not a single 3D printer in the corner of the mechanical workshop, but rather it is a set of 3D printers with different printing modalities.in their own dedicated room.

 

To find out how the large, strong and well equipped ISO13485 contract development and manufacturing team can support you please click below.


Mon

12

Jul

2021

Not making it to the market

At ZP we recognise that there are many good biosensors and IVD ideas that do not make it to market. One of the reasons for this lack of progression is that the right commercialisation team is not in place to take the product beyond the proof-of-principle. 

It is not hyperbole to say ‘…a great product is 5 % determined by the technology and 95 % based on the commercialisation team that brings it onto the market, and sticks with the product through to adoption by the majority of the market...’

At ZP we have the mindset, technology, manufacturing, and network to put technologies onto the market, and so in the right environment we can support product beyond the development and manufacturing phases and into sales, marketing, and customer support.


Sun

04

Jul

2021

ZP featured in Craig Banks review of the pungency of chile and chilli products

Zimmer and Peacock are delighted to be featured in Craig Bank's review on measuring the pungency of chilli, see Craig's article and link to the next generation of  chilli sensor.


Fri

02

Jul

2021

ZP Ltd opens in Coventry UK

ZP Ltd has opened a latest lab in Coventry UK. This new facility is part of the growth of our ISO13485 contract development and manufacturing.of electrochemical biosensors.


A quick tour of some of the kit we have in the new facility

Fri

25

Jun

2021

ZP Accelerator Platform

ZP is an ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs. In this video we discuss our ZP Accelerator Platform, a technology platform able to accelerate collaborators out of the lab and into the field using our in house technologies and capabilities, including: screen printed electrodes (SPE), vapour deposition, immunosensor, enzyme sensors, ion-selective electrodes, electronics, app development, electrochemical assay development, Cloud Computing, AI, data sciences, etc.


Wed

23

Jun

2021

ZP SPE perfect for human blood

At ZP we believe in our electrodes and our ability to collaborate with clients on the contract development and manufacture of their electrochemical biosensors and IVDs.

 

In a meeting today our CSO was able to quickly demonstrate to a client that our sensors are perfect for single drop analysis by pricking his finger and dropping a single  blood of blood onto the tip of the electrode.


Wed

23

Jun

2021

Beautiful gold screen printed electrodes for EIS biosensor applications

At ZP we are passionate about our electrochemical biosensors. At ZP we understand that using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy as the mode of detection for electrochemical biosensing does not necessarily require gold sputtered interdigitated electrodes.

 

At ZP we are biased and so of course we recommend our gold screen printed electrodes for immunosensor type sensing.


Thu

17

Jun

2021

ZP and PalmSens joint webinar

In a world first ZP and PalmSens are hosting a joint webinar where we will be demonstrating live a PalmSens Sensit Smart in conjunction with a ZP biosensor. 

 

This free webinar is perfect for everyone interest in biosensors, the development of biosensors and the manufacture of biosensors.


Thu

17

Jun

2021

ZP is flying the flag

As ZP opens Europe's largest full service contract development and contract manufacturing centre for electrochemical biosensors we are delighted to be flying the ZP flag. 


Thu

10

Jun

2021

ZP Potassium Sensors and Sensit Smart from PalmSens

On this page we discuss the use of ZP pH Sensors with the PalmSens Sensit powered by Analog Devices.

Free Sensit Smart training material can be found through the ZP Academy.


Potassium Sensor Test Kit

 

10 x solid state potassium sensors.

1 x volume of 1 mM potassium solution..

1 x volume of 4 mM potassium solution.

150,00 €
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Mon

07

Jun

2021

ZP - Legal manufacturer of medical diagnostics

Introduction

ZP is the world's only contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors who upon agreement with the client and collaborator is able to take on the responsibilites as the legal manufacturer  of a medical diagnostic product.

 

In accordance with the Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/745, a manufacturer is defined as:

 

A natural or legal person who manufactures or fully refurbishes a device or has a device designed, manufactured or fully refurbished, and markets that device under its name or trademark.

 

When ZP takes on the role of legal manufacturer it also means, that ZP will, in partnership with the client/collaborates, ZP will 

 

  • ZP with the client establishes, documents, implement and maintains a system for risk management.
  • ZP with the client conducts a clinical evaluation of the medical device.
  • ZP with the client draws up the Technical Documentation and keeping it up to date.
  • ZP with the client draws up the EU Declaration of Conformity and affixing the CE mark, inline with the IVDR.
  • ZP with the client seeks FDA clearance/510 k status etc.
  • ZP if assigned the legal manufacturer status will retain documents, which shall be kept available for the competent authorities for at least 10 years, 15 years for implantable devices.
  • ZP if assigned the legal manufacturer status ensures that procedures are in place to keep series production in conformity with the legal requirements.
  • ZP if assigned the legal manufacturer status will implement a post-market surveillance system an keep it up to date.
  • ZP if assigned the legal manufacturer status ensures that the device is accompanied by the appropriate information, e.g. instructions.
  • ZP if assigned the legal manufacturer status ensures the necessary corrective actions when the manufacturer has reason to believe that a device that they have placed onto the US/European market or put into service is not in conformity with the legal requirements.
  • ZP if assigned the legal manufacturer status will implement a system for the recording and reporting of incidents and field safety corrective actions.
  • ZP if assigned the legal manufacturer status will have measures in place regarding financial coverage for potential liability as natural or legal persons may claim compensation for damage caused by a defective device.

 

Conclusion

It is important to keep in mind that if ZP becomes your legal  manufacturer then we will have the responsibility for bringing a product onto the US/European market which is fully compliant with the legal requirements. Therefore, the manufacturer shall ensure that all obligations have been met.

Sat

05

Jun

2021

Dispersed Matrix Organisation

Zimmer and Peacock is an ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors. One of the unique features of ZP that helps us

deliver against our clients programs

Fri

04

Jun

2021

ZP Ltd - Sponsor of Skilled Worker

At Zimmer and Peacock we strongly believe in people and the ability of a great team to change the world for all our benefits. This is why we are delighted that ZP Ltd has been certified by the United Kingdom Home Office to sponsor Skilled Workers.


Thu

03

Jun

2021

ZP New Building

This morning one of our engineers was driving to work, when they looked up onto the hill they saw  a new building with the ZP logo on it and took a picture.

 

Welcome to the newest building in the family


Thu

03

Jun

2021

ZP Developer Zone 3 June 2021

This week in the ZP Developer Zone Live Streaming Webinar we talked about cortisol biosensors and electronics for implantable biosensors.


Wed

02

Jun

2021

The Pea - Electronics for biosensors

The pea is the perfect electronics for electrochemical biosensors.

 

The biosensors of the future are wearable, implanted and point of need.

 

The pea from ZP is the perfect compliment to the next generation of  biosensor applications.


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Tue

01

Jun

2021

ZP - leading manufacturer of electrodes

ZP is an ISO13485 manufacturer with core competencies of: electrode design and fabrication, electrode manufacturing and electrochemistry.

 

At ZP we are expanding our electrode manufacturing capabilities through the occupation of a new 4000 square meter facility; the heart of our new facility are the production lines for electrodes for multiple electrochemical applications. In addition to support our expansion we are currently one of the largest sponsors of academic electrochemical research in the United Kingdom, with multiple PhDs and Masters students at: Swansea University, Plymouth University, Glasgow University, and with more in the pipeline.


Click the buttons below to see our facilities and capabilities.

The expansion in manufacturing capacity is on top of the existing facilities that ZP has both in Norway and the United Kingdom.

Mon

31

May

2021

Biosensors 2021 - 31st Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors

Zimmer and Peacock are giving the first talk at Biosensors 2021; Dr Martin Peacock's talk is titled, 'The good, the bad and the ugly - a life in business'.

 

ZP is  a unique company as our raison d'etre is to get our clients and collaborators to the biosensor market.

 

If you want hear Martin's talk please register at Biosensors 2021.


Sun

30

May

2021

What's wrong with R and D screen printed electrodes?

ZP is an ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors.

 

As part of our technology platform ZP has the worlds largest range of screen printed electrodes intended for start-ups, entrepreneurs and academics whose ultimate goal is to make a commercially available sensor/biosensor.

 

On this page we discuss the issues with R and D screen printed electrodes.

 

 


 PROBLEM ONE, many screen printed electrodes are too big to be commercially viable at scale - A commercial biosensor like a glucose sensors has a distinct aspect ratio and overall size. A 'real' commercial biosensor often have widths of 7 mm or less and lengths that are 25 mm or less. This is because manufacturers know that manufacturing is more efficient higher the density/packing  of screen printed electrodes.The issue is that many classical screen printed electrodes have widths of 10 mm and lengths of 30 mm.  The ZP hyper value and value screen printed electrodes from Zimmer and Peacock have 60 % of the size of our more classic sized electrodes and so they can always be lower cost than their larger sized cousins, especially at a commercial scale.

 PROBLEM TWO, many screen printed electrodes are not designed with microfluidics in mind-  Zimmer and Peacock is the only company designing screen printed with the end application in mind. If you consider the value and hyper value screen printed electrodes from Zimmer and Peacock you will see that we have pre-formulated solutions for microfluidics.

 PROBLEM THREE, wrong geometry  -  Zimmer and Peacock is the only company designing screen printed electrode geometries with how these assays will work in the final application. Many screen printed electrodes advertised to the R and D market are circular but if you examine a commercial biosensor they are often rectangular electrodes with the electrodes arranged perpendicular to the flow of sample. Though the 4 mm diameter electrode is popular in academia it does not work when thinking about designing a real product, see our article in 'Hacking a Glucose Sensor'.

 PROBLEM FOUR, quality- Zimmer and Peacock is the only manufacturer of screen printed electrodes that is performing wafer mapping. Wafer mapping is a process by which screen printed electrodes are electrochemically  tested before they are deemed of the required quality to be put into our stock and shipped to clients.

 PROBLEM FIVE, commoditization of screen printed electrodes- The perception of screen printed electrode is that they are a commodity item that can be bought off the shelf and effortlessly integrated into a commercial application, during a research phase then electrodes can be bought from various vendors and tried out; but if truly commercializing using a screen printed electrode then a deeper engagement with the vendor needs to take place and a frame work agreement and/or supplier agreement put in place and probably commitments to monthly orders put in place.

 PROBLEM SIX, viewing the screen printed electrode as a component in isolation of the system - One of the biggest errors by biosensor developers who incorporate screen printed electrodes in their sensing system is to think of the screen printed electrode as a component, and to asses the screen printed electrode in isolation of the entire system. At ZP we cannot take  this isolation perspective of the screen printed electrode, what makes a sensing system is:

  • Sample preparation - this is a big source of variability in any sensing system.
  • Sample introduction to the sensor - how a sample is put onto a sensor or screen printed electrode can be a big source of variability in the raw signal
  • Biosensing manufacture - At ZP we are world leading ISO13485 contract developers and manufacturers of electrochemical biosensors so we find the fabrication of reproducible biosensor formulations upon screen printed electrodes routine, but we see this as  a significant struggle for many groups around the globe.

  • Electrochemical excitation methodology -   how well a screen printed electrode or biosensor will will work in a particular application is in part of course linked to the screen printed electrode, but getting the best out of a screen printed electrode or a biosensor built upon a screen printed electrode is intrinsically linked to the electrochemical method be it: impedance, voltammetry, amperometry, potentiometry etc.
  • Calibration and signal extraction - This is often the least exploited aspect of the sensing system, and is as important as the screen printed electrode itself. The inevitable screen printed electrode inter and intra batch variability can be offset when the screen printed electrode, the electrochemical excitation and the signal extraction are viewed holistically.
  • Hardware, app and Cloud - At ZP we have established the hardware, app platform and Cloud database that can accelerate screen printed electrode based applications to market; having developed the entire system for taking screen printed electrodes biosensors to market ZP has the perspective of how to take screen printed electrode systems to market.

PROBLEM SEVEN - There are many applications where the sample itself is very precious, hard to obtain or expensive. The ZP electrodes are perfect as there size means that a sample as small as one drop of blood will cover the electrodes as illustrated in the adjacent image, where a drop of the authors blood has been used to cover all three electrodes of a carbon 303.


PROBLEM TEN - There is a lack of customer support and bioelectrochemistry expertise among the manufacturers of screen printed electrodes, at ZP we have over come this though our free questions and answers forum, click image to find out more.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ZP

At ZP our focus is different from other suppliers of screen printed electrode manufacturers as we are fixed on getting our clients and collaborators to market. This is why though we have the world's widest range of biosensors and screen printed electrodes we recommend our value gold 303, our platinum 303 and our carbon 303 electrodes, and our favorite screen printed electrode are our hyper value screen printed electrode.

Fri

28

May

2021

ZP buys 5 Sarissa Patents

ZP is delighted to announce that the Group has acquired 5 patents from Sarissa Biomedical Ltd.

ABOUT SARISSA

 

Sarissa Biomedical was formed as a spin-out from Warwick University, that specialized in the development and production of novel biosensors for the measurement of neuroactive chemicals. 

 

The patents in the portfolio are listed below:

 

 

 

  • WO2004048603: Sensor Coating Method, ...enzyme encapsulation coating method that is used to make the biosensors...
  • WO2008081193: Ruthenium Purple Biosensor...use of gold microelectrodes coated with ruthenium purple to make highly selective biosensors that function in blood...
  • WO2014087137: Biosensor devices, ...covers the technology required to make SMARTCap and covers biosensor arrays made by the two previous patents that are integrated into a device. (SMARTCap enables measurement of analytes in commonly used blood collection tubes such as vacutainers.)
  • WO2016198839: Purines as an indication of ischemia,...patent describes specific concentrations in blood that are indicative of hypoxia...
  • WO2016198838: Purines threshold indicative of stroke, ...describes specific concentrations in blood that are indicative of stroke...

Fri

28

May

2021

Masters Projects in Biosensors

ZP is a very collaborative biosensor development and manufacturing business; as part of our collaborative nature we are supervising several Master Programs in collaboration with USN.


ZP has been collaborating on the development on smart phone applications and Cloud Databases for biosensor applications.

ZP has been collaborating on biosensors for monitoring the health of fish, through implantable sensors.


ZP has been collaborating on the development of sensors for the food and beverage industry.

ZP are super experienced in immunosensors and so we are delighted to have collaborated on the gold electrode biosensor.


Wed

26

May

2021

USN and ZP - BioMEMS Webinar for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Foods

A webinar focused on Biosensors, BioMEMS and MEMS for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Foods. This webinar has a particular focus for industries and academics in Vietnam, but registration is open to the rest of world. The webinar is presented by the University of South-Eastern (USN) Norway and Zimmer and Peacock AS.

 

Who should attend?

People interested in the development, manufacturing of BioMEMS and Biosensors, including those interested in collaborating with USN and ZP.

 


DATE:  22 June 2021

START TIME: 2 PM European Time, 7 PM Hanoi

DURATION: Approx 1 hour 40 mins

 

TITLE : BioMEMS Webinar for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food

 

PRESENTER

Bao Quoc Ta

Associate Professor

Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences, USN

Martin Peacock

CSO

Zimmer and Peacock

 


AGENDA:

 

  1. Introduction to the webinar from USN - 10 minutes
  2. Introduction to ZP - 5 minutes
  3. Introduction to Biosensors and BioMEMS at ZP - 30 minutes
  4. Coffee break - 10 minutes
  5. Discussion on MEMS at USN and potential collaborations with researchers in Vietnam - 20 minutes
  6. Live demonstration of ChiliPot - 10 minutes
  7. Q and A - 15 minutes

Tue

25

May

2021

ZP preparing for the next pandemic

At ZP we do receive a lot of enquires regarding our ability to develop and manufacture biosensors for COVID-19 and whether we 'can do it', the answer is 'of course we can', but in the specific case of COVID-19 the number of biosensors in development or are developed means that the market is now a little saturated, and the global capacity to manufacture biosensors is in addition fairly saturated. Further a lot of governments now have their testing strategies in place for this pandemic.

 

The advice from ZP is to accept that our planet is more connected than ever and so it is not to focus on COVID-19 biosensor development but rather focus on the next pandemic and help the World be be better prepared next time. At ZP we are encouraging the biosensors entrepreneurs to think further out, for example: Influenza, Ebola, Zika, Polio, etc.

 

If  you are interested in answering the question 'what's after COVID-19'  then please contact ZP to discuss our market analysis' group predictions for the next pandemic and how we can be better prepared.


Mon

24

May

2021

eTools @ZP

At ZP we are a Cloud based paperless organisation, in line with our company structure which is a Dispersed Matrix Organization.

 

The eTools deployed at ZP are a  mix of proprietary and third party tools. If you are a client of ZP you can expect that:

 

  • ZP will have all experimental records saved in electronic format
  • ZP will have all electrochemical biosensor and manufacturing data saved in Djuli, our proprietary Cloud based system for electrochemical biosensor data
  • ZP will be able to account for all efforts on your programme down to a 1 second resolution
  • If you are enrolled on an ISO13485 contract development and manufacturing programme with ZP then the quality aspects of your programme are controlled within our eQMS system

Click the logo to see Djuli


Sun

23

May

2021

Biosensors into actionable information

ZP is an ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of biosensors. Along with our core focus on biosensor  and we are experienced in the entire technology chain from the biosensor, to the raw data and all the way to information displayed upon the smart devices.

 

At ZP we understand that the end purpose of a biosensor is not the biosensor itself, but rather the information and actions that can be taken from the biosensor data.

 

ZP has  the entire chain of products and services  going from the biosensor to the final actionable information, these include: biosensor, electronics, connectivity to the Cloud, calculations upon the Cloud, display of the information on the end user smart device.

 

 

The products and services from ZP includes:

  • ZP has the largest range of off the shelf biosensors
  • ZP is an ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of biosensors
  • ZP is a developer and manufacturer of analogue and digital electronics
  • ZP has an existing Djuli Cloud platform for receiving biosensor data 
  • ZP is a certified iOS and Android developer

Thu

20

May

2021

Data Cleaning - Biosensors

At ZP we love data and data science, in our buisness, our client programs and the markets we address we see that products, technologies and services are accelerating to market when supported by the data tactics and data strategies  implemented by the ZP Data Sciences Team.

 

One of the most important efforts in any biosensor data sciences effort is data cleaning; at ZP we clean biosensor data in the context of a full understanding  of the implications of what this data cleaning could mean to the quality of the data and the impact this cleaning can have upon the conclusions drawn from the data.

 

 


Wed

19

May

2021

ZP Project Triangle

At ZP we are an ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs.

 

When project managing our customers' projects and programs we are  always applying Project Management Institute (PMI) principles, and so we are trained in the nuances of balancing the conflicting demands of: Good, Cheap and Fast.

 

The ZP Project Triangle asks the question, which combination of Good, Cheap and Fast is important to you:

 

  • Good and Cheap, therefore the project will not be Fast.
  • Good and Fast, therefore the project cannot be Cheap.
  • Fast and Cheap, here the output can't be Good; in ZP's opinion this is the worst combination as it is not inline with our ISO13485 based philosophies.

 

 


Mon

17

May

2021

ZP - A detailed introduction to ISFET

At ZP we are passionate about biosensors, including ISFET. 

 

In the adjacent video we present a detailed introduction to ISFET.

 

 

At ZP we have a range of biosensor development and manufacturing services, including ISO13485  ISFET contract development and contract  manufacturing.


Mon

17

May

2021

Biosensors for Cell Culture/Tissue Engineering

At ZP, we believe that the future of tissue engineering/cell culture is the measurement and ultimately the control of the cells’ environment, including: pH, glucose, oxygen, lactate, and other analytes. 

 

The measurement of a cells environment can be achieved through biosensors. In this note we discuss biosensors for cell culture type experiments.

Biosensors can offer:

 

• Quantitative data- the concentration of analytes.

• Longitudinal data – how concentration changes as a function of time.

• Spatial data – An array of sensor, or sensors placed within flows can give the spatial resolution of how an analyte such as pH changes both temporally and spatially. 

 

 


Quantitative data

 

The range of electrochemical biosensors suitable for monitoring the environment of cells has increased considerable in recent times.

Biosensors, including the ZP Glucose Sensors, provide a signal that is proportional to the analyte. In the figure below we show the signal as a function of glucose concentration, see Figure 1.0.0.

 

 

 


Longitudinal data

 

Biosensors can operate for extended periods, for example the glucose sensor from ZP has an operational life greater than 90 days, see adjacent image, and so ZP sees well designed sensors operating throughout the cell-based experiment.

 


Spatial data

Very recently biosensor arrays of nine biosensors haven been reduced to sensing areas less than 12 mm x 12 mm, see adjacent figure, and further miniaturization is also possible.

 

The biosensors from ZP can also provide spatial resolution, where an array of sensors provides a time course and spatial resolution of the analyte. The ZP biosensor array technology most matured in this respect is the ZP pH sensor arrays.


Thu

13

May

2021

ZP's Holistic Contract Biosensor Development and Manufacturing

ZP takes a holistic approach to ISO13485 contract development and manufacturing of electrochemical biosensors including:

 

  • Market research, analysis, and business case development
  • Proof of principle studies
  • Contract development of point of care devices and in field testing technologies
  • ISO13485 Quality Management System consulting and development for biosensor development and manufacturing 
  • Contract biosensor development
  • Clean room processes and assembly 
  • Clinical support and strategy
  • Development and manufacturing of microfluidics, lab on a chip (LoC), total analytic systems (TAS)

 

The range of services and products from ZP reflect that we have to take a holistic view when engaging with a client on the subject of electrochemical biosensor and IVD development and manufacturing as biosensor development, biosensor manufacturing, quality, clinical approval, market acceptance are not mutually exclusive or isolated functions. 

 

The holistic philosophy at ZP imeans that we are able to support clients on each step to build a biosensor and IVD product and/or business.


Thu

13

May

2021

Cloud AI Biosensor Development

The mission at ZP is to help clients and collaborators develop low cost electrochemical biosensors and electrochemical  in-vitro diagnostics.

 

As well as being an ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and IVD, as we are also the leading developer of AI technologies and platforms for the biosensor development and manufacturing effort.

 

The Djuli Cloud AI Biosensor Development Platform is part of ZP's holistic approach to contract development and manufacturing of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs.

Within the embedded video and on this page we discuss how ZP's biosensor development and manufacturing, along with our electronics, along with our Djuli Cloud AI biosensor development can all combine to accelerate our collaborators into real world testing.


Tue

11

May

2021

Biosensors/Electrode stencils from Zimmer and Peacock

At Zimmer and Peacock we are an ISO13485 contract manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and in-vitro diagnostics. As part of services to our clients and collaborators we provide a range of services and products including screen printing of electrodes. 

 

At ZP we have off the shelf screen printed electrodes and we make custom screen printed electrodes, but we also take a pragmatic view on small volume prototyping. For small scale manufacturing we suggest rather than investing money and time into having customized screen printing services we encourage people to hand paint their electrodes

 

For those who want a more professional finish of electrodes we can supply stencils in addition to the biosensor and electrode paints.

 

ZP can custom fabricate a stencil, through which the scientist/engineer can paint our paints and inks onto a suitable such as PET, see below.

Click image for paints and inks


Stencils for low volume sensor manufacturing

ZP will create a repeat of your sensor in a 100 mm x 100 mm sheet

ZP Custom stencil array - one design repeated

5 identical sheets 

180,00 €
Add to Cart
  • Available
  • Generally ships within 2-4 weeks

5 x PET sheets

100 mm x 100 mm x 0.25 mm

50,00 €
Add to Cart
  • Available
  • Generally ships within 2-4 weeks

Mon

10

May

2021

Biosensors and their applications - a 2021 modern perspective

Abstract

There are many types of biosensors such as: enzyme-based, tissue-based, cell-based, immunosensors, DNA sensors, RNA sensors, ion-selective electrodes. These sensors have many applications and the use of biosensors is expanding in line with movements such as the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

 

Some fields benefiting from biosensors are:

 

 

  • Food Industry - Sensors and Biosensors are finding their way into the Food and Beverage Industry, where they are use for Food Quality and Food Safety. These applications include the measurement of the hotness of food to the E. Coli in food.

 

 

  • Agriculture - Sensors and Biosensors are finding their way into the Agricultural industry, which like many industries is moving to a more precise applications of chemical inputs such as nitrate fertilizers.

 

 

  • Medical - Sensors and Biosensors have always been synonymous with medical and human health. The largest medical market for biosensors is self monitoring blood glucose (SMBG), where diabetics are able to monitor their blood glucose by testing capillary blood. At the time of writing this article continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is rapidly growing and though the market is dominated by three vendors, new players such as Apple and Glucose are also trying to enter the market.

Introduction

Biosensors are transducers that convert a biological event into an electrical signal. Biosensors were invented by Leyland Clarke in 1956. The first electrochemical sensors made by Clarke was an oxygen sensor, but the later addition of glucose oxidase turned the oxygen sensor into a glucose sensor.

 

The development and manufacture of biosensors is complex due to their inherent multi-disciplinary nature. A modern biosensor team will include engineers and scientists with backgrounds in: biology, chemistry, materials science, electrochemistry, electromechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, regulatory affairs etc.

 

The materials used in biosensors are in four main categories:

 

  • Enzymes - The commonly used enzymes are the oxidases, peroxidases, the dehydrogenases and the isomerase. These types of sensors are commonly interrogated by amperometry and/or voltammetry.
  • Bioaffinity - The commonly used molecules here are: antibodies, aptamers, single stranded DNA/RNA nucleic acids, molecular imprinted polymers (MIPS). These types of sensors are commonly interrogated by amperometry and/or voltammetry.
  • Ionophores - For the detection of ions such as sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, ammonium etc, a corresponding ionophore exists. These types of sensors are commonly interrogated by potentiometry.
  • Microbial - These are sensors where microbes are used to sense. These types of sensors are often based on electrochemical fuel cells, where the power out put of the microbial fuel cells is proportionate to the health of the microbial population, and so nutrients and/or toxins in the sample effect the power (signal) proportionally. 

Free biosensor courses on the ZP Academy


Main discussion

Enzyme Biosensors  - As discussed above Leyland Clark developed the first biosensor in 1956, this original sensors was for the measurement of dissolved oxygen (DO). Subsequently Professor Clark converted this initial sensor into a glucose sensor by the addition of glucose oxidase to the sensor. The Clark glucose sensor ran in a cathodic amperometric mode.

 

 

Bioaffinity Biosensors - Immunosensors were initially established on the principle that antibodies have high affinity towards their antigens. In more recent years aptamers have become more interesting. The proponents of aptamer based sensors like the fact that they can have a synthetic route to these recognition elements. For genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, then commercial electrochemical biosensors are on the market from GenMark Dx (GenMark Dx was purchased Roche), these sensors use nucleic acid capture probes. One of the fastest routes to a recognition element can be molecular imprinted polymers (MIPS).

 

Ionophores - Ions such as sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, pH can be detected by ion-selective electrode (ISE) using potentiometry. The larges ISE commercially used is the pH probe, click for an example

 

The main application of biosensors has historically been the medical field, and as discussed above the biggest biosensor by manufacturing volume and value is SMBG, but as discussed above the fastest growing technology in the diabetes application space is CGM.

 

Fri

07

May

2021

ZP @Plymouth University- Science Students

Zimmer and Peacock – Biosensor and Medical Diagnostic Placement Opportunities in the UK and Norway

Zimmer and Peacock is a world leading biosensor development and manufacturing team located primarily in the UK and Norway, so we have placement opportunities across multiple sites for the right candidates. 

Our biosensors are used across a variety of applications from medical devices, precision farming, wearable biosensors and the Internet of Things, making this the perfect opportunity for someone who cares about making a difference to peoples’ livelihoods. At Zimmer and Peacock, we are partnering with academia and industry to ensure that there are enough good and commercially available sensors to meet the requirements of these new and growing markets. We innovate around our collaborators’ inventions to help bring ideas to market.

We are looking for highly motivated scientists with backgrounds in either biology, chemistry, material science or biomedical sciences to join our team in the production and testing of biosensors. You will collaborate with our production teams on the creation of biosensors, as well as data analysis and interpretation of the results. Alongside working with the production team, you will undertake independent working on report compilation and presentations for colleagues and clients.

Whilst the science background is important, we are more interested in you, your attitude and what you can bring to the table than necessarily the course you have taken so far. 


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Fri

07

May

2021

ZP @Plymouth University- Engineering Students

 

Zimmer and Peacock – Biosensor and Medical Diagnostic Placement Opportunities in the UK and Norway.

 

Zimmer and Peacock is a world leading biosensor development and manufacturing team located primarily in the UK and Norway, so we have placement opportunities across multiple sites for the right candidates.

Our biosensors are used across a variety of applications from medical devices, precision farming, wearable biosensors and the Internet of Things, making this the perfect opportunity for someone who cares about making a difference to peoples’ livelihoods. At Zimmer and Peacock, we are partnering with academia and industry to ensure that there are enough good and commercially available sensors to meet the requirements of these new and growing markets. We innovate around our collaborators’ inventions to help bring ideas to market.

We are looking for highly motivated engineering students from Plymouth University, across a spectrum of disciplines including, mechanical, electronic, biomedical, materials, etc., to join our team. You will need to be able to take a broad perspective to our work and be willing to understand the mechanical, electronic and biological elements of biosensors and invitro diagnostics.

You will collaborate with our engineers in the designing, testing and validation of prototypes and hardware, as well as data analysis and interpretation of the results. Alongside working with our engineers, you will undertake independent working on report compilation and presentations for colleagues and clients.

 

Whilst the engineering background is important, we are more interested in you, your attitude and what you can bring to the table than necessarily the courses you have taken so far. 

 

Whilst your academic background is important, we are more interested in you, your attitude and what you can bring to the table than necessarily the courses you have taken so far. 

 

Please complete the form below to apply.


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Fri

07

May

2021

ZP @Plymouth University- Arts and Humanities Students

Zimmer and Peacock has Digital Design/Animation Placement and Internship Opportunities in the UK and Norway.

 

Zimmer and Peacock is a world leading biosensor development and manufacturing team located primarily in the UK and Norway, so we have placement opportunities across multiple sites for the right candidates.

Our biosensors are used across a variety of applications from medical devices, precision farming, wearable biosensors and the Internet of Things, making this the perfect opportunity for someone who cares about making a difference to peoples’ lives. At Zimmer and Peacock, we are partnering with academia and industry to ensure that there are enough good and commercially available sensors to meet the requirements of these new and growing markets. We innovate around our collaborators’ inventions to help bring ideas to market.

We are looking for  highly motivated Arts and Humanities students from Plymouth University across a spectrum of disciplines including: Product Design, Animation, Graphic Design, etc., to join our team. You will collaborate with our Marketing team, using a variety of tools, to showcase Zimmer and Peacock and our products across multiple social media platforms. You will also undertake independent working on your designs, posts and presentations for colleagues and clients.

 

Whilst your academic background is important, we are more interested in you, your attitude and what you can bring to the table than necessarily the courses you have taken so far. 

 

Please complete the form below to apply.


Fri

07

May

2021

Electrode manufacturing in Horten

ZP AS is one of Norway's leading businesses for the screen printing manufacture of electrodes with a specific specialization in electrochemistry.

 

At the time of writing this article ZP AS is fitting out a new additional  4000 square meter facility in Horten Norway for the manufacture of electrodes. The manufacturing hall is being populated with screen printing CAPEX equipment and controlled environments zones.  The intention of this new facility is to be one of Norway's biggest manufacturing facilities of electrodes for electrochemical applications and markets.

The expansion in manufacturing capacity is on top of the existing facilities that ZP has both in Norway and the United Kingdom.

Thu

06

May

2021

Free/Open Source Potentiostats

ZP is the world leading ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs, including the manufacture of screen printed electrodes.

 

At ZP we take a pragmatic view and though we think the potentiostats that we make and/or sell are the best we are also appreciative that engineers and scientists like to build their own instruments.

 

In the adjacent table we have compared and contrasted the low cost/open source/free potentiostats and linked tothem below.

 

In our opinion the best lower cost potentiostat on the market at the time of writing this article is the Sensit Smart, which is available from ZP, but we have also linked to the open source potentiostats.



Tue

04

May

2021

ZP @Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

ZP are supporters of KTP.

 

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.

 

A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership.

 

The academic partner (known as the Knowledge Base) will help to develop the project, provide academic input and recruit a suitable graduate, known as an associate. They will act as the employer of the associate, who then works at the business for the majority of the project.

 

The scheme can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of the business.

 


Tue

04

May

2021

Best solid state pH sensor

At ZP we truly understand our biosensors and we are happy to share our knowledge with the biosensor development community.

 

This week our head of production was testing a batch of pH sensors when he noticed that the sensitivity ws 59 mV/pH. This was immediately brought to the attention of our CSO as it is rare that the performance of an ion sensitive electrode such as a pH electrode are exactly in line with theory.


Mon

03

May

2021

Gold electrodes

At Zimmer and Peacock we have a range of gold for electrodes for many applications including biosensors.

 

The gold electrodes we manufacture include:

 

  • Low temperature screen printed gold
  • High temperature screen printed gold
  • PCB gold
  • Vapor deposited gold on glass
  • Vapor deposited gold on polymer

ZP is the only ISO13485 manufacturer of electrodes with electrochemistry at our core so we are able to characterise the electrodes that we manufacture.


Sat

01

May

2021

ZP Match Funding with Analytical Chemistry Fund

Zimmer and Peacock is the World's Leading ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors.

 

As part of our mission statement ZP is supporting the wider biosensor developer community, and as part of this commitment we are match funding grants from the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund.

 

Upon our agreement to collaborate with you, and if you apply for and receive funding from the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund to come and train at one of ZP's UK facilities for a 3 month period, then ZP will match fund your grant.

 

This support is only open to members of the ZP Developers Zone.

 

Click here to see fund details.



Fri

30

Apr

2021

Biosensor Testing in the Hospital

ZP is the World's leading ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs. As part of our services we go into the clinical setting and test the samples with real patient samples.

 

This week our ZP Biosensor engineers went into hospital and trained the clinicians.

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Fri

23

Apr

2021

Biosensor Development in Class 7 Clean Room

ZP is the World's leading ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs. As part of our services we perform electrochemical biosensor development, what makes ZP different is the care we take on these programs as we peform assay development within Class 7 clean rooms as we understand that you can't have repeatability of sensors unless you adhere to the most controlled of conditions.

Fri

23

Apr

2021

Sensit Smart @ ZP Academy

On this page you can find multiple reference resources for using the Sensit Smart, and how the Sensit smart integrates with ZP Biosensors screen printed electrodes and bio-sensing technologies. 

 

We link to courses on the ZP Academy where we demonstrate how to use the Sensit smart for glucose sensing, pH measurements, orange juice analysis, wine analysis and  caffeine analysis. Please contact ZP for a 100 % discount on these courses.

 

Below is a live streaming event we did with PalmSens.



pH measuring with Sensit Smart

potassium measuring with Sensit Smart

glucose measuring with Sensit Smart


Below are courses on the ZP Academy  free to ZP/PalmSens Collaborators and Customers


Module 2B1 - Introduction to Generation One Glucose Sensors

This module is provided free to customers of ZP and/or PalmSens who have purchased the ZP Glucose sensors and Sensit Smart Potentiostat.

Module 2I2 - Introduction to the Cyclic Voltammetry Coffee and Red Bull

An introduction module to the analysis of caffeine in coffee and Red Bull/energy drinks  using ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrodes (SPE) and the PalmSense Sensit Smart Potentiostat, with ADI on board.


Module 2C2 - Introduction to the Cyclic Voltammetry Analysis of Red and White Wine

In this module we describe a simple kitchen experiment for the analysis of wine, using the ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrode and PalmSens’ Sensit Smart potentiostat. 

All chemicals used in this experiment were purchased from the local Grocery Store.

 

 

Module 2H2 - Introduction to the Cyclic Voltammetry Orange Juice

An introduction module to the analysis of vitamin C/ascorbic acid in orange juice using ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrodes (SPE) and the PalmSense Sensit Smart Potentiostat, with ADI on board.

 

 

All chemicals used in this experiment were purchased from the local Grocery Store.


Wed

21

Apr

2021

CGM temperature coefficient

At ZP we have the largest online range of technologies for continuous glucose monitoring technology (CGM) developers.

 

As part of our characterization of these technologies we have been continuously testing some of our CGM sensors and changing the temperature in order to understand the coefficient of temperature on the sensor.


Wed

21

Apr

2021

CGM sensors 93 days under test

At ZP we have the largest online range of technologies for continuous glucose monitoring technology (CGM) developers.

 

As part of our characterization of these technologies we have been continuously testing some of our CGM sensors on our screen printed platform, at the time of writing we are 93 days into continuous use.

 

At ZP we understand that the biomolecules at the heart of the ZP electrochemical glucose biosensors are intrinsically robust and hence why the sensors have such longevity. 


Thu

15

Apr

2021

ZP builds new class 7 clean room

ZP is an ISO13485  contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs), as part of our accelerating growth we are now expanding our clean room capacity.


Wed

14

Apr

2021

3D printed microfluidics

Welcome to the 3D printed microfluidic solutions page from Zimmer and Peacock On this web page we have brought together the information from Zimmer and Peacock regarding printing microfluidic solutions for biosensor developers.

 

In order to fabricate these 3D printed biosensors you will to follow the three steps below.


STEP ONE

You will require a ZP Hyper Value electrode, we recommend starting with a pack of 200 screen printed electrodes (SPE), part number ZPS HYP-000-00150. Please click the adjacent image.

STEP TWO

You will require the ZP adhesives for screen printed electrodes.

STEP THREE

You will require a 3D printable STL file.


Tue

13

Apr

2021

pH spatial resolution

ZP has a large number of academic collaborations and we are delighted when the results are excellent.

 

In a recent collaboration with Heriot Watt University, the ZP and HWU team have been developing  a sensor capable of spatially resolving both  differences and gradients of pH. 

 

 


The ZP team have been able to miniaturize pH sensors and place them within an area smaller and 10 mm x  10 mm. There is a total of nine pH sensors in a 3 x 3 array.

 

 

At the time of writing this note the HWU engineer has programmed a nice interface where the pH at individual 'pixels' can be seen through the judicial use of color coding.

Tue

13

Apr

2021

4 mm diameter carbon working electrode from ZP

In this note we discuss ZP's current Hyper Value electrode with a rectangular working electrode, and we discuss a proposed variant with a 4 mm diameter circular electrode.

 

At Zimmer and Peacock we are biased and so of course we are big fans of our ZP Hyper Value Electrodes, which can be seen in the adjacent panel.

 

At ZP we deliberately make our electrodes rectangular, for the the reason covered in our article 'Hacking the Glucose Sensor'. 


4 mm working electrode configuration

At ZP we have a very different philosophy to many manufacturers of screen printed electrodes, in that at ZP we will do customization work for clients, but we also engage in detailed consultative conversations so that the client can benefit from the decades of biosensor development experience within the ZP team.

 

From multiple conversations we appreciate that in the research phase of a commercial programme or in academic research then a lot of functionalization of screen printed electrodes is performed using hand pipetting; therefore ZP is next looking to develop our ZP Hyper Value Electrode in  a circular working electrode.

 

The ZP plan is to fabricate our ZP Hyper Value Carbon Screen Printed Electrodes but with a circular working electrode, see adjacent images.

 

If you are interested in being a recipient of some of the first 4 mm circular screen printed electrodes please click the adjacent button.


Sat

27

Mar

2021

Free questions and answers with ZP

If you have a technical question for ZP then you have three routes to finding your answers: ZP Academy, ZP Developers Zone or Private Consulting.

 

We offer free advise through our ZP Developers Zone or there are free courses on the ZP Academy. if you would rather have a private discussion we do offer private consultancy services.


FREE COURSES

To access free courses on ZP academy please search using the search term 'free' by clicking the ZP Academy logo here.


FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT AT ZP DEVELOPERS ZONE:

 

To access free advice from ZP follow these three steps

  • STEP ONE - Join the ZP Developers Zone.
  • STEP TWO - Post your question in the forum.
  • STEP THREE - Watch our liver webinar at 8 AM  every Thursday and 8 PM every Sunday London time where we answer questions from the forum during a live streaming webinar. The webinar is saved and is available on YouTube after the live streaming.


PRIVATE CONSULTATION

For many commercial clients or where the questions require in depth analysis ZP offers private consulting.


Thu

25

Mar

2021

Paper based biosensors

ZP is an ISO13485 certified developers and manufacturers of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs.

 

The substrates we manufacture upon include: silicon wafers, ceramic, PET, glass, card, PCB  and paper.  At ZP we take a pragmatic view on which substrate we manufacture and chose the material most suitable for the application. 

 

One of the materials that is popular at the moment is paper, and so at ZP we are able to print our designs onto paper as the fabrication onto PET and ceramic is fairly straightforward to translate onto paper. ZP advises that you can go onto paper if there paper itself offers a material property that is useful to the final application, we make this comment as you should not move to paper simply because of a perceived cost saving. 

 

THE COST ARGUMENT FOR PAPER

The argument that paper is the only material that offers low cost products is diminished when you consider that the screen printed hypervalue electrodes from ZP are:

  • 99 cents each in packs of 200,
  • 50 cents when in packs of 10,000
  • 25 cents when in packs of 100,000
  • 5 cents in packs of 10,000,000.

This example demonstrates a common point with manufactured goods, which is the higher the production volume the lower the cost. As can be seen from the example above the cost of the SPE can be reduced to 5 cents and below by simply increasing the production volume.

 

THE FOUR  IMPORTANT FACTORS THAT DRIVE COST OF SPE ARE

 

Below we have listed four factors that can drive the cost of screen printed electrodes/SPE/biosensors, it should be noted that the materials of construction are not listed because materials of construction as an important parameter is outside of the top four parameters when considering what drives cost.

 

1) QUANTITY - How many screen printed electrodes/biosensors do you require?

 

2) QUALITY - What is the quality you require?

 

3) SIZE OF SPE/Biosensor - You can often reduce the cost of a biosensor or screen printed electrode by 75 % by halving the length and width of the design.

 

4) STANDARD versus CUSTOM DESIGN - Customization is always more expensive, than an off the shelf product. In a customization program you often have a team of R and D engineers and scientists involved and so the cost of their efforts have to recouped through the price of the products and programme.


QUANTITY 

Commercial screen printed electrodes and biosensors are often sold at a price that is proportional to the volumes sold. When a product is ordered in the 10s and 100s the manufacture of the product has a high administration cost to ship a relatively small number of items and so many manufacturers and distributers have a pricing accordingly. The ZP hypervalue screen printed electrodes show a price range form 99 cents to 5 cents based on the number of screen printed electrodes required.


QUALITY

A common practice in the manufacture of screen printed electrodes is to manufacture and ship. At ZP we manufacture, we electrochemically test and then we ship. ZP is the only ISPO13458 contract developer and manufacturer of screen printed electrodes that electrochemically tests our screen printed electrodes to ensure that they are electrochemically functional before shipping.


SIZE OF SPE/Biosensor

The simplest way of reducing the cost of many products is to reduce their size in doing so you can often increase the production rate. At ZP we imagine that our clients are truly wanting to get to market and so our standard products such as the hypevalue screen printed electrodes are sized so that they can make sense when produced in sufficient manufacturing volumes. How size can impact price of biosensors and screen printed electrodes can be seen in the adjacent button.


STANDARD VERSUS CUSTOM DESIGN

Customization is always more expensive, than an off the shelf product. In a customization program you often have a team of engineers and scientists involved and so the cost of their efforts have to recouped through the price of the products and programme.


Tue

16

Mar

2021

The problem of connectors with screen printed electrodes

Zimmer and Peacock are the only company that wafer maps their off-the-shelf screen printed electrodes before shipping.

 

Wafer mapping is ZP's process of taking a sample of screen printed electrodes from every manufacturing batch and electrochemically  testing them to ensure they are within specification. This means that our clients find our electrodes both repeatable and of course functional.

 

It is this testing before shipping  that gives us the confidence in helping clients to trouble shoot their problems; in the adjacent image we show some cyclic voltammetry data gathered by a client, where their actual result was a  long way from our expected result. In this case we were very confident that the problem wasn't the ZP SPE but the client's experimental set-up. In this case the route-cause of their problem was a 'bad' connector.

 

At ZP we do use the SPE 2.54 mm pitch connector, which is the standard for off-the-shelf SPEs, but not all connectors are made to the same standard, so if you are purchasing a ZP biosensor or ZP SPE we do strongly suggest that you purchase our ZP connector below.


7 mm hypervalue SPE/biosensor connector

Connector for ZP 7 mm SPE adapts to 3 mm banana plugs

250,00 €
Add to Cart
  • Available
  • Generally ships within 2-4 weeks

Sat

13

Mar

2021

Detecting vitamin C/ascorbic acid in orange juice

At ZP we know that electrochemistry is the most robust science for the everyday detection of chemical and biological molecules. 

 

As part of ZP's innovative approach  we offer a range of courses that are free to our customers and collaborators including a module on the measurement of vitamin C/ascorbic acid in orange juice.

Click the course image below to see our orange juice module.


Sun

07

Mar

2021

Resources for Academic Biosensor Developers

Zimmer and Peacock have free resources for the biosensor development community, every Thursday we have the ZP Live streaming which is available to our ZP Developer Zone Members and we have our ZP Academy where we host some free courses for the biosensor development community.

 

Please click the images to access the services.


Fri

05

Mar

2021

Microwell features

Zimmer and Peacock are expert at adding features to the surfaces of screen printed electrodes to act as barriers or microfluidics.


Thu

04

Mar

2021

Roughness of screen printed electrodes

The quality of ZP's screen printed electrodes is due to the technical skills of the ZP Team and the range of the technical instruments we are able to call upon.

 

This week the ZP team has been determining the print thickness and the arithmetic surface  roughness using our profilometer to measure print thickness and the print roughness.


Tue

02

Mar

2021

ZP's Vision and Mission

Our Vision

 

To produce cutting edge bio sensors which have the potential to benefit humanity globally.

 

Our Mission

 

To excel in the design, development and production of innovative bio sensors that meet the current and emerging needs of individuals and communities while focusing on improving outcomes in health, the environment and food production.

 

Our Values

 

Are to:

 

* follow the principles applying to society, the environment and good governance.

 

* put quality at the heart of everything we do, working collaboratively to achieve the very best results for our customers.

 

* provide great jobs, great technology and greater opportunities for our wider community.

Sun

28

Feb

2021

QR codes onto screen printed electrodes and biossensors

Zimmer and Peacock is the world's only ISO13485 contract manufacturer of biosensors, screen printed electrodes and IVDs who can individually label each product with a unique QR code.

 

These QR codes can carry a range of data, including: manufacturing data, calibation data, expiration data etc.

 

Please contact ZP to find out how we can go beyond manufacturing.


Thu

11

Feb

2021

Take a virtual tour of new 4000 square meter ISO13485 facility

Zimmer and Peacock is the World's fastest growing ISO13485 contract development and manufacturing company of electrochemical IVDs and biosensors. 

 

Please take a virtual tour of the new dedicated 4000 square meter  dedicated manufacturing facility. 

Thu

11

Feb

2021

ZP opens new 4000 square meter ISO13485 facility

Alongside our recently awarded ISO13485 certification for the contract development and manufacturing of electrochemical biosensors and IVDs, ZP is delighted to announce an expansion into a new 4000 square meter facility.

 

ZP will retain it's existing Norwegian facility assets, and so the access to this dedicated manufacturing building will allow us to house the considerable CAPEX investment in manufacturing technologies for electrochemical IVDs and biosensors that are being made in 2021.

Mon

08

Feb

2021

Proof of principle (POP) studies at ZP

A proof of principle (POP) study at ZP is a short programme, typically about 111 hours of effort spread over 3 months, where ZP takes the work and understanding already with our collaborates and translates it onto our ZP platforms.

 

The purpose of the work is to bring the work from its current status and move it onto a platform that ZP sees can be manufactured within our ISO13485 facility. The client and ZP are not obliged to perform later phases after this POP phase.

  

The understanding that the client has regarding their electrochemical assay or biosensor, this can include:

 

1) Practical work already undertaken.

 

2) Academic papers from the literature.

 

3) Patents licensed/owned by the collaborator.


The stages in a proof of principle programme

The effort in a ZP proof of principle programme (PoP) is a time and materials effort and ZP will work within the constraints of the budget of approximately 111 hours.

 

In a POP programme ZP will:

 

1) STEP ONE - Perform a tech transfer or discussion with the client to understand the status of the technology and learn all the tips, tricks and anecdotes that the client can give to make ZP's efforts as efficient as possible.

 

2) STEP TWO - ZP will suggest one or more first small pieces of work within the POP, which we will discuss with the client before proceeding. These suggestions are based on where the technology is today and where does the technology need to be in terms of the market/clinical  requirements. ZP will work through the work to see which of the ideas both works and is commercially viable. The number of ideas worked upon is constrained by the budget.

 

3) STEP THREE - ZP will give  online update meetings where we will give a presentation on the work done and the results so far. ZP is happy to receive comments and feedback from the clients.

 

Please note that ZP will build a presentation for the client as we work, in addition ZP can produce reports, procedures etc. All work can be done within the constraints of the budget.

Proof of principle study - ZP

Please note that all consumables, chemicals, 3rd party cost services and materials etc required to deliver on the programme are charged at cost plus 15 %

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Sat

30

Jan

2021

ZP Hyper Value - Screen Printed Electrodes

Zimmer and Peacock has a series of training and educational videos that are designed to integrate directly with our ZP Hyper Value Electrodes. In this box are 200 carbon screen printed electrodes, which are exactly the ones featured in the training modules on the ZP Academy.

 

On the back of the box is a promo-code that allows free access to the relevant training and educational modules on the ZP Academy; these courses are listed below.

 


ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrode - Pack of 200 Screen Printed Electrodes

 

200 screen printed electrodes in the box

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Sensit Smart and ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrode - Pack of 200 Screen Printed Electrodes and Sensit Smart

 

200 screen printed  carbon electrodes in the box and a one Sensit Smart

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Sensit Smart

 Sensit Smart

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Sensit smart wearable kit

Sensit smart wearable kit: cable plus sensit smart

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The ZP Academy contains training modules and courses for developers, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who want a flying start in their understanding of electrochemical sensors. The courses below specifically require the ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrodes and the Sensit Smart which can be bought above.


Module 2C2 - Introduction to the Cyclic Voltammetry Analysis of Red and White Wine

In this module we describe a simple kitchen experiment for the analysis of wine, using the ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrode and PalmSens’ Sensit Smart potentiostat. 

All chemicals used in this experiment were purchased from the local Grocery Store.

 

This note and the accompanying video demonstration are intended to give a quick and easy introduction to the Sensit smart, screen printed electrodes and a first quick start in wine analysis. 

There is an interest in the analysis of wine from a number of perspectives, including:

 

• Qualification/Authentication of Wine – The chemical profile of wine can be distinct and dynamic with time as the wines ages, especially with red wines. The concentration of molecules such as proanthrocyanidins, condensed tannins and anthocyanins change as the wine ages .

• Quality control through Quantification of Total Phenols – The total phenols in red/white/young/aged wines is variable, but the total phenols in wine can be measured by using electrochemical analytical techniques .


Module 2H2 - Introduction to the Cyclic Voltammetry Orange Juice

An introduction module to the analysis of vitamin C/ascorbic acid in orange juice using ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrodes (SPE) and the PalmSense Sensit Smart Potentiostat, with ADI on board.

 

In this note and accompanying video we describe a simple kitchen experiment for the analysis of orange juice using the ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrode and PalmSens’ Sensit Smart potentiostat.

 

All chemicals used in this experiment were purchased from the local Grocery Store.


Module 2I2 - Introduction to the Cyclic Voltammetry Coffee and Red Bull

An introduction module to the analysis of caffeine in coffee and Red Bull/energy drinks  using ZP Hyper Value Screen Printed Electrodes (SPE) and the PalmSense Sensit Smart Potentiostat, with ADI on board.


Module 2B1 - Introduction to Generation One Glucose Sensors

This module is provided free to customers of ZP and/or PalmSens who have purchased the ZP Glucose sensors and Sensit Smart Potentiostat. The module discusses the science of glucose type 1 sensor and how to use the Sensit Smart in conjunction with ZP glucose sensors.


Fri

22

Jan

2021

Zimmer and Peacock - CheapStat

At ZP we like to support the biosensor development community, we are sometimes asked to help students and makers develop potentiostats.

 

In the buttons below we link to electronics and screen printed electrodes to inspire biosensor developers. We also link to the CheapStat an open source potentiostat.

Fri

22

Jan

2021

ECG technologies @ZP

Zimmer and Peacock is an ISO13485 certified company for the design and manufacture of medical products.

 

On this page we link to technologies and materials we see as relevant to ECG/EKG development and manufacture

Tue

19

Jan

2021

ZP - seeking ambitious clients - ZP-C2

Zimmer and Peacock is reaching out among our existing clients and seeking new ambitious clients to part of our next wave of expansion. 

 

As we expand into a new facility we can add 4000 square meters on top of our current Norway infrastructure, we are therefore welcoming our clients to potentially co-locate with us as part of our client incubator lab and contract manufacturing. 

 

The building has have the following amenities:

 

1) State of the art boardroom for online conference calls and face-to-face meetings.

 

2) Excellent connectivity to Oslo

 

3) Lockable Client Offices

 

4) Cleanrooms

 

5) ISO13485 Manufacturing Hall

 

6) Lecture Theatre

 

7) Laboratory

 

8) Dedicated Dining Hall

 

9) Catered Commercial Kitchen

 

10) Manned Reception

Please contact ZP to explore this opportunity to engage more closely with the World's leading ISO13485 contract developer and manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and medical diagnostics.


Tue

19

Jan

2021

USN Industrial Masters @ZP

 Zimmer and Peacock AS (ZP AS) are sponsors of the Industrial Master of Science Programme at USN - Micro and Nano System Technology, and is Norway's fastest growing biosensor and in-vitro diagnostic company. Head-quartered in Horten Norway, our team engages with clients and collaborators from Australia to California.

 

 

 

USN Industrial Masters @ZP

The USN Industrial Masters at ZP AS means you will work between USN and ZP AS. When at ZP AS you will be embedded within an international  team helping us to fulfill our mission to develop electrochemical biosensing systems that can positively impact society, our applications include: health, wellness, food and beverage, agriculture, aquaculture, environmental and process control.

The mission at ZP is to focus on the biosensors required for the internet of things (IoT) revolution, but to tackle the hard to develop sensors for molecules, bacteria and viruses. As part of our team engineers and scientist work across disciplines including: electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, biosensing engineering, chemistry,  microbiology, molecular biology, firmware coding, data-sciences and Cloud solution development.

Though our scientists and engineers have specific subject matter expertise, they  apply their skills within a multi-disciplinary team and have the satisfaction that all the efforts at Zimmer and Peacock AS lead to products on the market, that make  a direct difference to our world.


Mon

18

Jan

2021

Hiring USN trained Microfabrication Engineer

As  part of our continuing close relations with USN, ZP is looking to recruit a full time or part time post-graduate students/graduate students, who have gained a considerable degree of practical training within the  USN clean room facility.

 

You must be:

 

  • A USN graduate or currently studying at USN
  • You are at a senior level in regard to your experience and time spent within the USN clean room
  • You must be ready to work now, either  part-time or full-time

 

 DETAILED DESCRIPTION

 

Micro-fabrication Engineer

 

Micro-fabrication Engineer Job Responsibilities:

  • Micro-fabrication within cleanroom environment using dry etching machine, baking oven, sputter coating machine, thermal evaporation and copper plating machine.
  • Following existing microfabrication work instruction and possibility improvement of the current fabrication process.
  • Reporting fabrication process and drafting work instruction

Essential attributes:

  • More than two years’ experience in microfabrication.
  • More than two years’ experience of MEMS device design
  • Experience of bulk micromachining and fabrication processes with multiple stages of photolithography, dry etching, wet etching, baking, metal sputtering and metal plating, gained through working in a cleanroom environment.
  • Experience of using SEM and EDX to characterise fabricated device.
  • Ability to establish and develop new cleanroom processes.
  • Ability to present work at technical meetings.
  •  Ability to write work instruction.
  • Comfortable working unsupervised after initial training

 

 

 

Desirable attributes: 

  • Cross discipline working to identify potential process and device improvements
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary project team

 

 

 

Please complete this form to register interest.


Tue

12

Jan

2021

The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose - Hunting the Deceitful Turkey

For anyone working on a continuous glucose monitoring technology, whether implantable, trans-dermal, minimally invasive or even noninvasive then please do read 'The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose - Hunting the Deceitful Turkey' by John L. Smith.  You really can't claim to be in the CGM club until you have read this book.

 

At ZP we have been checking back into this book for about 15 years and we will often recommend it to others, especially those working on noninvasive glucose technology.

 

We have linked to the book in the buttons below and have included a button to ZP resources for anyone interested in CGM development.


Sun

10

Jan

2021

Gold electrodes for COVID-19 biosensor developers

At ZP we receive  a lot of enquires about gold electrode and their use as biosensors.

 

On this page we provide links specifically  for those wishing to develop a COVID-19 biosensor upon our gold electrodes, please see the buttons below.



Please click this button to see a discussion on cleaning gold screen printed electrodes.


Zimmer and Peacock is the only company that electrochemically characterises its screen printed electrode as part of the manufacturing process.


We have a resources page for people wishing to form a self-assembled monolayer on a gold electrode.


Sun

10

Jan

2021

Gold electrodes for impedance biosensors

At ZP we receive  a lot of enquires about gold electrode and there use as biosensors, along with the use of impedance spectroscopy to  read the sensor. Therefore  to help developers we have put this resources page together.


If you intend to use impedance measurements with gold electrodes then please watch this video.


Please click this button to see a discussion on cleaning gold screen printed electrodes.


Zimmer and Peacock is the only company that electrochemically characterises its screen printed electrode as part of the manufacturing process.


We have a resources page for people wishing to form a self-assembled monolayer on a gold electrode.


The print thickness of our gold screen printed electrodes can be found here.


The resistance of our  gold screen printed electrodes can be found here.


Wed

06

Jan

2021

FAQ for interns

At ZP we do recruit and train interns, here are some FAQs that we are sometimes asked.

FAQs

 

Is the start date same for all placement holders?

No, the start date varies for different candidates based on a skill-based segregation that we have made post assessment.

 

Base in Norway and UK?

We have our offices and labs in Horten, Norway.

We have our offices and labs in several locations in UK (Royston, London, Wolverhampton). The location for the candidates’ placement in UK is TBD.

 

How long would I be working in Norway?

The length of stay will be 3 months at a time alternated between Norway and UK throughout the placement.

The first training round will take place in Norway, wherein you will spend 3 months being trained and working in the Horten labs.

Then you will return to UK and spend the next 3 months working in a lab in the UK.

This cycle will continue through the placement period and the candidate is responsible for figuring out any visa requirements, although we may be able to provide some advice.

 

What costs will be covered by the company and what costs do we have to cover?

As per our company policy, we will cover only the cost of travel between UK and Norway (Flights, trains, bus, etc.).

All other costs have to be covered by the student. This includes visas, food and accommodation. If the university has a budget for covering this, you may ask or apply for it.

 

Is there accommodation readily available?

Yes, we will provide accommodation for the placements at a nominal rent.

If for some reason you choose not to stay at the accommodation provided by the company, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to manage their own accommodation.

The accommodation is a unisex (mixed-gender) house-share with individual rooms.

 

Are there other students that I will be working alongside in this placement?

Yes, there will be other students from your own and other universities working at ZP at the same time as you.

 

Can I change my start date?

This is not preferable as we will have to swap you over with another candidate, so this will be entertained if the circumstances can be explained and are considered essential.

 

What are the hours I will be working for?

The normal working hours are 9am-5pm with a break as per the government requirements but you can be requested to stay longer if required on certain days, but not extensively.

 

We do not offer overtime pay.

Mon

04

Jan

2021

<5 min COVID-19 Breath Test

Congratulations to Exhalation Technology for their less than 5 minute breath test for COVID-19.

 

The Exhalation team's clinical testing has shown amazing Clinical  sensitivity.


Thu

31

Dec

2020

ZP Screen printed electrode holder

ZP is delighted with these screen printed electrode (SPE) holders designed for our ZP biosensors and ZP screen printed electrodes.


Mon

28

Dec

2020

Tools for biosensor entrepreneurs

ZP is the world's leading independent ISO13485 contract developer and contract manufacturer of electrochemical biosensors and electrochemical in-vitro diagnostics. Therefore we are very used to working with start-ups and entrepreneurs. 

 

Below we have posted videos, links and materials that we have made specifically with biosensor entrepreneurs in mind.

 

If you are an entrepreneur with an electrochemical biosensor idea please don't hesitate to contact ZP.


Wed

23

Dec

2020

Chloride resilient formulation for silver/silver chloride reference electrodes

In the adjacent data we show the data screen printed silver/silver chloride electrode treated with ZP's chloride resilient formulation.

 

The intention of the chloride resilient formulation is to make the reference electrode less sensitive to chloride, which is useful in applications where the chloride is otherwise a variable.

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Fri

18

Dec

2020

ZP is hiring senior scientists and/or senior engineers

ZP is looking to hire senior scientists and/or senior engineers. 

 

In the first instance you will be working from our ZP AS site in Horten Norway, though you can expect to work both from London UK and Norway.

 

Technical positions at ZP are always fun and demanding, so you need to feel that you are world class, self motivated, a problem solver and a team player.

 

ZP has deliberately not specified your technical background as we find senior  scientists and engineers are not defined by their formal training, but rather by their wiliness to learn and self-educate through their careers. You can expect that you will be working on programmes where electrochemical biosensors is at the heart of the technology.

 

At ZP our unique expertise is electrochemical biosensors, so experience with this technology is an advantage, and if you would like to get a sense of our core science then please click the video link below.

 

If you are interested in finding out more please use the apply button below, and follow us on social media to see future opportunities.


Wed

16

Dec

2020

Working hard in the ZP Biosensor Labs

At ZP, our hardworking team  are constantly developing, manufacturing and shipping biosensors.

 

Wed

16

Dec

2020

Electroplating resources

Zimmer and Peacock has put together a resources pages around electroplating for medical devices. Please read more.


Wed

16

Dec

2020

Fully characterized screen printed electrodes

Zimmer and Peacock has had the working electrode of our hyper value screen printed electrode characterized by microscopy, please read more.


Tue

08

Dec

2020

FAQs on ZP pH sensors

At ZP we do get enquires about our electrochemical pH sensors, so we have made this page to answer some more FAQs.

 

 

QUESTION ONE  -  How many hours of continual use in simple aqueous solutions at pH 3-5 could the printed sensors withstand before significant degradation?

 

QUESTION TWO  -  How long would the sensor lifetime be in complex bio-fluids with additional ions (eg Na+, K+)?

 

QUESTION THREE - Can the sensors be reused (eg with a suitable washing step) or would you recommend one-time use?

 

QUESTION FOUR -  Approximately how many bending cycles can the pH sensor withstand?


Mon

07

Dec

2020

Medical Wearables

Zimmer and Peacock are the World Leader in contract development and manufacturing of wearables.

 

This week we are exhibiting at  Medical Wearables 2020.


Sat

05

Dec

2020

Internships at ZP

At Zimmer and Peacock we do offer internships, to see announcements on when we have internships available please do follow us on social media.

 

If you would like to join ZP on a permanent basis then the internship programme is a good way to find a place with us.


Sat

28

Nov

2020

Questions about phosphate sensors

In this article we have collected together some frequently asked questions regarding ZP's phosphate sensor.

 

 

 

1. Are your phosphate sensors intended for  agricultural or environmental applications?

 

Yes, see the ZP Ag Tech button below.

 

2. What measurement method is used?

 

See the phosphate sensor button below.

 

 

3. What are the LOD and linear range of the sensor?

 

This is a function of the sensor, electronics and application.

 

4. Are there any measurement interferences  (solution pH, dissolved oxygen, other Ions, etc.)?

 

Yes and these are application specific.

 

5. Would you please send me technical specification for this sensor?

 

Please see the phosphate sensor button.

 

6. Do you have any measurement examples to share, in which data from your sensor are compared to data from classical measurement methods?

 

See the ZP Ag Tech button below.

 

7. What are the calibration requirements?

 

Depends on the final application.

 

 

8. What is a sensor's response time?

 

 

Please see ZP's phosphate sensor button below.


Thu

26

Nov

2020

Thank you to NPL

This week, ZP would like to say thank you to the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for their recent work as part of the Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme, which gives UK business access to world-leading measurement.

 

As part of a bigger programme to understand the performance of ZP's biosensors, the NPL team characterized a number of ZP's biosensors and screen printed electrodes, including our carbon 303 screen printed electrodes.

 

We were delighted with the work, because everyone  benefits from having another independent team taking a look at a problem. The NPL work directly identified ways of improving the reproducibility of our ZP sensors.

 

The NPL team are great as they have state of the art equipment, facilities and techniques. Their independence means that they don't carry 'internal team think' and so  bring a fresh perspective on a problem.

 

NPL have capabilities that go beyond microscopy and profilometry, including specialist techniques of  interest to the electrochemistry community including: scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

The SPE that was characterized by microscopy and profilometry was the ZP 303 carbon electrode.

 

In the adjacent images we have some images gathered for ZP by NPL.


Thu

26

Nov

2020

Designing a biosensor for protein detection using a screen printed electrode

On this page we lay out one strategy to functionalize a screen printed electrode towards sensing a protein.

 

Links relevant to the video are in the buttons below.


Wed

25

Nov

2020

Calculating the cost of a first screen printing run

This page is designed to help you calculate the price for a first custom screen printing run at Zimmer and Peacock.

 

When you first have a batch of screen printed electrodes manufactured you have the non-recurring engineering charge (NRE).

 

The NRE is the one off costs of making the screens so we can print your electrodes, and the cost of the engineers to convert your designs into screens.

 

After the NRC is the cost of making the electrodes themselves. Please watch the video where we explain how to calculate the cost of a first run of screen printed electrodes at ZP.

 

Below we have six  buttons:

 

1) The cost of screens

2) The cost of engineering time

3) The cost to print on PET

4) The cost to print on ceramic

5) Our standard value electrode format

6) Our standard hyper value electrode format

Zimmer and Peacock offers free eLearning Modules relating to electrochemistry, screen printed electrodes and biosensing on the ZP Academy, click below.


Mon

23

Nov

2020

Raw material purification

This week our facility in Norway received  new lab equipment to support our lab engineers in their research and development. 

 

At ZP we have to make repeatable biosensors to exacting standards, and so we can't just use the starting materials as received, therefore we have added a rotary evaporator to the lab took kit to help with: extraction, purification and distillation.

 

 

Mon

23

Nov

2020

Parallel electrochemical processing

At Zimmer and Peacock we work with 12 channel Ana Pot and test jig to maximize our throughput.

 

Our test jigs are developed in house by our engineers to ensure that we can be as efficient as possible.

 

If you want to maximize your efficiency please contact ZP.


www.zimmerpeacock.com    2021