Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Molecular & Clinical Diagnostics
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

NanoKTN Event Brings Partners Together to Secure £1million Funding for HIV Test Development

Published: Monday, December 17, 2012
Last Updated: Monday, December 17, 2012
Bookmark and Share
Researchers from University College London, and industry partners OJ-Bio, awarded i4i funding from the National Institute for Health Research.

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce that, following attendance at one of their events, two of its members have been awarded Invention for Innovation (i4i) funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Dr Rachel McKendry from UCL (University College London) and Dr Dale Athey from OJ-Bio first met whilst both attending the NanoKTN’s Miniaturisation in Healthcare Products event in November 2011. The meeting has led to a successful collaboration where both partners will be working on the new hand-held device that can diagnose patients at the early stages of HIV and give results within minutes. The device, which resembles a smart phone, will help widen access to HIV testing in non-hospital settings, including GP surgeries, pharmacies, and community settings as the test and delivery of results will occur immediately. It could also be of benefit to health workers in developing countries who urgently need rapid and affordable ways to diagnose patients.

The new device uses low-cost electrical sensors developed by OJ-Bio and partners Japan Radio Company, that are already used in mobile phones, called surface acoustic wave sensors. It will combine OJ-Bio’s innovative sensor technology with special HIV-specific coatings developed at UCL.

Dr Rachel McKendry, Reader in Biomedical Nanoscience at the London Centre for Nanotechnology and lead investigator from UCL said: “We attended the NanoKTN’s Miniaturisation in Healthcare Products event back in November 2011 and met with OJ-Bio and started talking about the potential of collaborating on the development of this new device. So far the technology has been proven to work using model HIV samples and now thanks to NIHR i4i funding, early stage clinical work will develop the technology to operate in human blood. It is exciting to work with OJ-Bio to develop this technology which could potentially benefit millions of people.”

“At the very early stages of HIV, marker proteins in a patient’s blood are often very difficult to detect with current point of care tests. The beauty of our technology is its inherent sensitivity to low levels of multiple markers, with the potential for much earlier diagnosis of HIV. This will empower patients to gain earlier access to antiretroviral treatment with better associated health outcomes.”

Dr Felicity Sartain, Theme Manager - Healthcare & Life Sciences at the NanoKTN added, “We are delighted to have played such a key role in bringing together OJ-Bio and UCL to work on such an exciting collaborative project. The NanoKTN’s aim is to encourage collaboration and knowledge transfer between key players in industry and academia to support the UK supply chain and to create the continued economic wealth for UK industry.”
 
In the UK, there are an estimated 100,000 carriers of HIV but more than 25% are unaware of their infection. Worldwide, HIV/AIDS has grown to pandemic proportions and today there are 35 million people living with the virus, two-thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,300+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 4,900+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
AACC 2016 Sees Clinical Chemistry Labs Drive Precision Medicine Offerings
Biomarker assays to enable precision medicine and risk assessment, mass spec-based tests designed for use in clinical labs large and small, and liquid biopsy technology captured the spotlight at the AACC annual meeting.
Diagnosing Bacterial Infections in Blood Samples
Researchers have diagnosed a bacterial infection from a blood sample in infants.
Neurodvelopmental Disorder Cause Linked to SON Gene
A genetic link has been discovered for a previously unxplained neurodevelopmental disorder.
World's Most In-Depth Study to Detect Alzheimer's Disease
A multisite team will see the most thorough and vigorous testing for Alzheimer's ever performed on volunteers.
Personalised Medicine: Dose by Design
Personalised medicine holds the promise of a new approach to healthcare, tailored exactly to our individual needs, as Congenica's Nick Lench discussed on a recent BBC Radio 4 programme.
Misdiagnosis in HCM Tests
Genetic tests for potentially fatal heart anomaly can misdiagnose condition in black Americans.
Computers Better Predict Lung Cancer Type, Severity
Study shows automating the analysis of cancer tissue samples increases the accuracy of tumor classification and patient prognoses.
Examining New Hypotheses for Undiagnosed Patients
UnDx Consortium gathers in San Diego to create new paths to identifying currently undiagnosed illnesses.
Automating Genetic Analysis
Researchers are looking to have computers help perform genetic analysis when scientists study a patient's genome to diagnose a disease.
Understanding Tumor Evolution
Study provides insight into tumor evolution; may point to improved diagnosis and treatment.
Skyscraper Banner

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,300+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,900+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!