Q&A: Portland’s Gray Optics sees demand for precision components in COVID-19 tests

Founded in 2017, Gray Optics develops advanced imaging technologies and optical systems for biomedical, life sciences and industrial applications.

This year, the Portland company saw a surge in demand from manufacturers of COVID-19 “point-of-care” tests, which provide disease detection and diagnosis within minutes. Test manufacturers have come to Gray Optics asking for customized optical systems that are an integral part of the tests.

The challenge? Many rapid tests rely on fluorescence detection using a lens that must be precisely aligned, with regard to specifications such as field-of-view and depth-of-field, to a digital image sensor. The Gray Optics team designed those precision optical components for manufacturing at scale. Read more

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