Mar
25
2008

Portable influenza lab

Researchers at Veredus Laboratories and STMicroelectronics developed VereFlu™, a small and automated diagnostic test that rapidly detects all major influenza types.

Why is this significant?
Current rapid tests can detect:

  • only influenza A viruses
  • both influenza A and B viruses, but doesn't distinguish between the two types
  • both influenza A and B and distinguish between the two

None of the rapid tests provide any information about influenza A subtypes. VereFlu™ is highly sensitive, accurate and it can identify and differentiate human strains of Influenza A and its subtypes and B viruses, including the Avian Flu strain H5N1, in a single test. A test like this currently needs to be done in specialized labs and can take days or weeks for results.

From the company’s press release:

“VereFlu™ will enable healthcare professionals to effectively monitor mutations of flu viruses and quickly identify the main strain of the season,” said Dr Rosemary Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Veredus Laboratories. “This unique capability can significantly increase the effectiveness of flu vaccination and reduce public health risks associated with the emergence of a new flu virus.”

An exciting collaboration
VereFlu™ is the market’s first test which has integrated two powerful molecular biological applications into a new test the size of a fingernail. Combining Veredus Laboratories’ expertise in developing diagnostic tests and STMicroelectornics expertise in ST’s microfluidic lab-on-chip technology has created this new product. The two companies are planning to work together to develop additional diagnostic tests. They have set up a new venture in Singapore called Bio-Application Lab.

This new test sounds really cool and it got me wondering about how it works. I will contact the company and add to the post if I find out!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

shanee's picture
shanee says:

wow! a portable lab.. thats really interesting..i guess thats a alot better too because now its quicker way to help people out...great job!

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 10:00am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Kewl!
A Portable Lab..
That'll b really helpful..

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:17am
hawa's picture
hawa says:

Is this really helpful?

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 10:00am
Laurie's picture
Laurie says:

Having more information about the circulating influenza strains would be useful. It could also track new strains. This will help with vaccine development and stopping the spread of an influenza pandemic.

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 12:30pm
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

Wow and if they accidently drop this and it's spread or if something stupid happens

Candice
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posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:18am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

wow interesting!!!!!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:15am

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