United Nations Human Rights Council Safe-Medicines Resolution Motivates Soumyajit Mandal’s Research
News Feb 23, 2016
Fake or low-quality medicines and food supplements are an ongoing global problem in underdeveloped nations, although technology-savvy places, such as the United States, are also not immune. A researcher at Case Western Reserve University is developing a low-cost, portable prototype designed to detect tainted medicines and food supplements that otherwise can make their way to consumers. The technology can authenticate good medicines and supplements.
Soumyajit Mandal demonstrating the prototype to detect tainted medicines and food supplements “There is a big problem with counterfeit and substandard medicines in poorer countries, particularly in Africa and Asia,” said Soumyajit Mandal, assistant professor in the Department Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Case School of Engineering. “In the U.S., the biggest problem is with various dietary supplements.”
Mandal and his collaborators are developing a small, box-like detector that has been preliminary tested in field trials.“The work builds on—and improves—a related project introduced in Europe a few years ago to create a portable, low-cost detector for medicines,” he said.
Mandal said the detector he and his colleagues are developing is much more flexible (capable of analyzing a wide variety of medicines and dietary supplements), and more sensitive (capable of measuring smaller quantities).
Mandal is the principal investigator of the research and co-author of an associated paper to be published in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Research participants are Professor Swarup Bhunia at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Fla., and Research Fellow Jamie Barras and Professor Kaspar Althoefer, both at King’s College London.
“Current results are very promising and have advantages over competing methods,” Mandal said. “The required instrumentation is simple and low-cost, compared to other analytical techniques, such as optical spectroscopy.”
Susan Audino Joins CloudLIMS’ Scientific Advisory BoardNews
Dr. Susan Audino, Chair of the Cannabis Working Group at AOAC International, has joined the Scientific Advisory Board at CloudLIMS, which specialises in data management solutions for cannabis testing laboratories.READ MORE
Computational Model Underlines Need for Personalised Approach to SepsisNews
A computational model of the human immune system has enabled researchers to explore the challenges of tackling sepsis.READ MORE
Comments | 0 ADD COMMENT
4th International Conference on Crystallography & Novel Materials
Nov 19 - Nov 20, 2018