Ebola Diagnostics : Quick Snapshot
Ebola outbreak began in December 2013 in West Africa and now has become a elevated concern worldwide.All the developments and innovations are targeted around point of care diagnostics. This is mainly to avoid transfer of specimen from remote location to target laboratories, an activity potential enough to cause the spread of virus.
These innovations are been receiving huge support from regulatory and government agencies. While industry awaits for a full proof solution below are some of the key activities and progress around Ebola Diagnostics:
1. Germany based Senova’s Ebola diagnostic test , all set for its usage across globe.
2.Ebola diagnostic set up in briefcase to provide results in 15 minutes.
3. Company’s knocking VC doors , seeking cash support for regulatory approval and commercialization.
4. Developments advanced to products containing just paper for Ebola diagnosis.
5. Test similar to pregnancy tests currently in development likely to address Ebola diagnostic issues going forward.
6. Innovation around these platform have price, time consumed, compactness and consumable intake as their focus areas.
Ebola diagnosis has seen developments ranging from solar powered laboratory to paper based tests. While few are on the path of commercialization other have found their distribution partners, for e.g Senova’s rapid Ebola diagnostic test have Stada as their distribution partner. Other developments that are likely to offer potential solutions going forward include Ebola diagnostic set up in briefcase, paper based Ebola diagnosis and others. While the briefcase based diagnostic set up is solar powered and eliminates the need of electricity in remote location, paper based diagnosis eliminates the need of laboratory itself. The latter one gives result based on saliva diagnosis. Though some prototypes have already shown and made progress , other knock the VC doors seeking cash support for their product commercialization and regulatory filings.
Majority of these developments have focused their research in designing a solution which addresses price, time, electricity, logistics and technician requirement issues. As each of this variable are not good to have but must have features of potential Ebola diagnostic platform. This is mainly on the account current circumstances and situations that some of the major countries are positioned in . We hope there are more commercially available solutions in coming days addressing this problem that many countries face today.
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