MiCRA-Biodiagnostics is an industry-led research & development facility located at the Institute of Technology Tallaght. The work of the facility is supported by Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateways programme and is funded through industrial collaboration.


The facility has a strong and growing portfolio of applied research making knowledge and expertise accessible to local and national industry. The remit of MiCRA concerns the advancement of integrated biosensor technologies innovating the use of enzymes, antibodies, nanomaterials and advanced polymers. MiCRA’s operations are organised around five programme themes.

Competencies &  Technical Know-how


MiCRA is staffed by microbiologists, chemists, physical scientists and engineers with project management experience to offer technical solutions to drive product development. The facility has state-of-the-art surface science instrumentation, cell culture & microbiology laboratories and prototype fabrication facilities.

  • Chemical & biological sensors – integrated electronic devices with bio-recognition components.
  • Electrochemistry – design & utilisation of electrode systems.
  • Biosensors – expertise in building multicomponent systems using printing, thin-film lithography and laser technologies.
  • Physical science – surface measurement & chemical analysis.
  • Nanotechnology – synthesis & application of nanoscale materials.
  • Microfluidics – engineering of sample and reagent handling assemblies.
  • Microbiology – cell libraries for analytical applications.
  • Cell culture techniques for human and animal cell lines.
  • Microscopy – fluorescence, confocal, electron and atomic. 
  • Chemical synthesis – molecular modified surfaces and a suite of spectroscopy characterisation services.