DCN is globally recognized as the go-to company for contract development and commercialization of rapid diagnostic tests.

What Can DCN Do For You?


Contract development of rapid diagnostic tests is at the core of all that we do at DCN.  Our cross-functional team of scientists and engineers can develop and integrate all aspects of the assay system, including cassettes, sample handling devices, and reader systems. We will assist you in the development of your entire product from concept to commercialization.

Our experience includes:
  • Lateral flow, flow-through or microfluidic formats
  • Qualitative, quantitative or semi-quantitative systems
  • Visual or fluorescent labels
  • Reader or non-reader based platforms
  • Single or multiplexed assays
  • A wide variety of analytes, matrices, and market segments
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Additional Products & Services:


DCN customers rely on us to help them sharpen their competitive edge using our experience, our trusted reputation, and our access to a wide array of relevant industry expertise.  We don’t simply provide test development; our clients leverage DCN’s expertise in all aspects of design, development, manufacturing and commercialization of rapid diagnostics.

  • Lateral Flow Education & Training
  • Industrial Design & Engineering
  • Manufacturing Transfer & Support
  • Strategic & Technical Consulting
  • Lateral Flow Kits, Reagents & Materials
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Our Values

Our goal is to provide our clients with the right mix of advice, guidance, and listening to be able to design, develop and deliver the right product for your application.
We keep you informed through frequent meetings, monthly reports, weekly updates and open communication throughout your development project.
Unlike many other OEM’s, DCN does not lock you into back end reagent supply agreements, manufacturing contracts, or licensing agreements.  You own the product.  Contracting is straight-forward.
We do not believe in one-size fits all approaches for our clients. Our team carefully considers the specifics of each project before establishing a development plan to ensure that the product meets your expectations.
We operate an ISO 9001:2015 and EN 13485:2016 compliant quality system.
Your product is our priority and we will deliver.

Management Team

Dr. Brendan O’Farrell

President & Founding Partner

Michael Surmanian

Executive Vice President & Founding Partner

Patrick Vaughan

Chief Operating Officer

Roy Chung

Vice President, Research & Development

Hans Boehringer, Ph.D.

Vice President, Technology Development

Nichole Navarro

Quality System Manager



Founded in 2006, DCN operates from its headquarters in Carlsbad, CA, with over 13,000 square feet (approximately 1500 square meters) of development and production space. This facility has been custom designed and fitted for rapid assay development and assembly.

  • Over 4,000 square feet of class 10,000-capable clean lab space.
  • Equipped with multiple batch & reel to reel precision dispensing platforms.
  • More than 3,000 square feet of environmentally controlled processing & packaging space.
  • Outfitted with equipment for the rapid prototyping of cassettes & sample handling devices.
  • Equipped with a dry room and processing equipment for the assembly of rapid tests.
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