STMicroelectronics And Veredus Laboratories Team to Diagnose Avian Flu Using Lab-on-Chip
STMicroelectronics and and Veredus Laboratories announced that they are developing a fast, point-of-need diagnostic capability that will enable health practitioners to quickly detect strains of Avian Flu and other influenza viruses. The diagnostic capability, which uses reliable and inexpensive equipment, produces results within approximately one hour of testing.
Using STMicroelectronics' In-Check platform, Veredus is developing an application to specifically identify whether a patient is infected with the Avian Flu (H5N1) or a subtype of Influenza A or B in a single test, instead of requiring many tests, as needed currently. To be available in time for the next flu season, the single-test application can be a substantial breakthrough in enabling rapid identification of the infectious agent to limit the spread of the disease and speed patientsí treatment.
Based on the encouraging results seen so far and following extensive testing and validation, the Veredus application, running on ST's In-Check platform, is expected to be commercially available to health care providers in the fall of this year.
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