A Young Biotech Company Garners Australian Design Award for Innovative Diagnostics

A Danish and Taiwanese company has won Australia’s Good Design Award for a portable diagnostic device—small enough to fit in a camera case—that allows diagnosis of infectious diseases on the spot from a single drop of blood. “The Good Design Award ranked BluBox as the best solution for the rapid and accurate assessment of communicable diseases in heavily populated as well as resource-constrained, expertise-lacking areas,” explained Filippo Bosco, CEO and one of the three founders of BluSense Diagnostics (Copenhagen). The secret inside the BluBox is a patented technology known as immuno-magnetic assay (IMA), which takes place within a single-use cartridge, the ViroTrack. There, the plasma is separated from the red blood cells and mixed with reagents and magnetic nanoparticles. A strong magnetic field and blue laser light are applied to achieve the result, all within 9 to 15 minutes.  Currently, BluSense offers a portfolio of single-use cartridges for zika and dengue, which can measure one or two markers (antibodies or antigens) from a single drop of blood per cartridge. “We aim to increase the number of markers that can be tested in one cartridge to up to six in the future,” Bosco told MD+DI. The BluBox currently on the market processes one cartridge at the time. “Our device meets the needs of general practitioners and smal...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: IVD Source Type: news

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Source: Journal of Hazardous Materials - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
On this week ’s show, science journalist Josh Sokol talks about a global cooling event sparked by space dust that lead to a huge shift in animal and plant diversity 466 million years ago. (Read the related research article in Science Advances.) And I talk with Kenneth Rosenberg, an applied conservation scien tist at Cornell University, about steep declines in bird abundance in the United States and Canada. His team estimates about 3 billion birds have gone missing since the 1970s. This week’s episode was edited by Podigy. Ads on this week’s show: MOVA Globes; KiwiCo.com Listen to previous podcast...
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Source: Medscape Med Students Headlines - Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news
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Source: TIME: Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Environment onetime Source Type: news
Leading academics from around the country say it is their moral duty to rebel to ‘defend life itself’We the undersigned represent diverse academic disciplines, and the views expressed here are those of the signatories and not their universities. While our academic perspectives and expertise may differ, we are united on one point: we can no longer tolerate the failure of the Australian government, or any other government, to take robust and urgent action to address the worsening ecological crisis.The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible. We are in the midst of thesixth mass extinction, with about200 ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Tags: Climate change Australian universities Australia news Australian education Environment Science Source Type: news
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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Drug resistance Farming Science Environment Medicine China Asia Pacific World news Antibiotics Society Vietnam Mexico South Africa Health Source Type: news
[Monitor] Uganda has started tracing contacts associated with a Tanzanian doctor who died of suspected Ebola disease.
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Source: Journal of the American College of Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
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Source: Social Science and Medicine - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
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