PDT an Astronics Company: Product Design and Development Firm in Chicago, IL
Blood cells
Physician working with cells

Cynvenio had a prototype of its Liquid Biopsy Platform, an automated system designed for the recovery and characterization of circulating tumor cells (CTC) from blood.


A New Device

The device automates flow cell preparation, sample loading, CTC purification and immunofluorescent labeling of captured cells.

System Improvements Developed by PDT

An Updated Machine

PDT updated the machine to add functionality, improve the user experience for lab techs, and address issues of reliability and maintenance for use in the client’s CLIA-certified laboratory.

Cynvenio Biosystems LipquidBiopsy machine locking system

Proactive Solutions

We paired the locking system with software to prevent users from unlocking the tray mid-cycle, preventing spillage and contamination of samples.

Engineering LiquidBiopsy Platform

Overall Improvement

By rerouting tubing and electronics, PDT’s engineers were able to improve both overall aesthetics and usability.

Prototype used for validation testing


Multiple prototypes were created for validation testing and use in Cynvenio’s lab.

Cynvenio LiquidBiopsy Platform

A Highly Efficient System

With an average processing time of only 2.5 hours, the new system provides high efficiency capture at a throughput of 5ml blood/hour.

About Product Development Technologies (PDT)

Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product design and development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including strategy, scouting, design research, industrial design, user experience development, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, and sourcing. PDT’s award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 70 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association.

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