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Diagnostics and Medical Imaging – Point-of-care diagnostics

Philips Medical Systems : 28 January, 2011  (Special Report)
FOCUS ZONE REPORT Philips and bioMerieux achieve an important milestone in the development of fully-automated handheld rapid diagnostic test solutions for use in hospitals at the point-of-care with the successful integration of bioMerieux’s assay technology and Philips’ Magnotech rapid diagnostic testing technology into a disposable cartridge and handheld reader combination.
The device achieves the speed, sensitivity and precision required for point-of-care testing. In time-critical situations, such as those encountered in emergency departments, coronary units and intensive care units, rapid diagnostic testing close to patients has the potential to improve patient outcomes and clinical workflows.

The important achievement has been realised within a year of the two companies signing a joint development agreement in January 2010 to develop handheld diagnostic solutions, and means that both companies will now push forward with the development program. Philips will now further develop its prototype handheld reader into a fully-engineered rugged unit, while bioMerieux will continue the Assay development. In addition, Philips will set up manufacturing facilities to be ready to produce the disposable cartridges for the 2013 commercial launch of the new solution.

Among others, one important target application for the Philips/bioMerieux technology is the measurement of cardiac Troponin-I levels in blood to assist in the rapid diagnosis of myocardial infarction. Troponin-I is typically found at elevated levels in patients who have suffered a heart attack. However, it is only present in the patient’s blood in picomolar concentrations. In the past, detecting these extremely low concentrations has required costly time-consuming laboratory-based testing. Philips’ and bioMerieux’s success represents one of the first point-of-care multi-assay solutions with the potential to achieve lab quality performance.
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