OptiSense Limited is a small company based in Horsham, in the South of England. The company designs and manufactures optical sensor systems and analytical instruments incorporating a variety of technologies to serve a wide range of applications with particular emphasis on the fields of environmental monitoring, plant health, food safety, the life sciences and defence. While many of the projects are developed in response to customer requirements on a subcontract basis, OptiSense is also developing its own products.
OptiSense maintains competitive advantage through R&D that is both externally and internally funded. All design activities are handled in-house, which include sensitive optical detection arrangements, highly-integrated electronics, embedded software, sophisticated mechanical structures including robotics, elegant enclosures and precision thermal control systems. A number of developments have been related to rapid ultra-sensitive detection of biological organisms through DNA amplification. Other applications, employing both fluorescence and luminescence detection methods, have involved checking food for mycotoxins and soil toxicity screening. Cost-effective developments of compact devices aimed at home use or clinical markets have been applied to blood glucose measurements and monitoring of oxygen supply to patients. Deployment of instruments for field use has been a common requirement and the company can offer specialist skills in weatherproof enclosures, portable equipment and battery-powered devices.