TAP consists of a multiplex capture-antibody micro-array that is supported by a dermal adhesive bandage for easy fixture to skin. When TAP is applied to skin, the antibodies printed on the micro-array capture biomarkers of choice from skin through immune-recognition. The unique design of TAP not just makes TAP biomarker measurements highly specific, but also highly sensitive as the capturing of biomarkers from skin is performed in very close contact with the skin, which results in minimal dilution of biomarkers by buffers used.
Implementing TAP in your studies
FibroTx offers TAP as a fee-for-service research and development tool. TAP is supplied in the form of kits, containing TAP, reagent and clear instructions. At the study site, TAP is applied to the skin of study subjects for 20 minutes and then returned to FibroTx using its package. FibroTx qualitatively and quantitatively analyses biomarkers captured by TAP in immuno-assays using equipment specifically developed for TAP. TAP is easy to use for dermatologists/skin care specialists, with no burden to study objects.
Development of TAP at FibroTx circumvents the need for laboratory facilities at study places, and secures that biomarker analysis is performed in a standardized way.
In the TAP preparation process, multiple stop/go decision points have been introduced to secure that all parties involved in the TAP biomarker study are confident with respect to the quality of TAP measurements.