Applications

Specific Industries and Markets

While the vast majority of medical device investments take years of incubation to reach a stage of potential financial viability, MedAID technology is in a unique position where a graded approach strategy allows for multiple licensing opportunities prior to FDA approval and medical acceptance. By allowing for a simple and cheap means of increasing assay speed and accuracy, MedAID technology provides an attractive solution for medical laboratories, academic research, pharmaceutical development, as well as food and water quality control.

 

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A main factor influencing the proper diagnosis and treatment of disease is the ability to test clinical analytes in a rapid and accurate fashion. While in recent years there has been a substantial movement toward point-of-care lateral flow devices, multiplexed immunoassays are still performed in laboratories. In a medical setting, testing and transport of these samples delays results by hours or days, a factor which is incredibly detrimental to disease treatment in cases requiring acute diagnosis. MedAID provides a method for detecting medical analytes which is faster, more precise, and which requires drastically less technician time.

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One of the main applications of immunoassays is in 96 well plate kits for use in academic laboratories. Immunoassays are developed for research in Immunology, Cancer, Infectious disease, Inflammation, Neuroscience, Signal transduction, and endocrinology as well as many others. Along with substantial diversity in application, samples used in these assays can include whole blood, serum, live cells, cell lysates, and environmental samples among others. The immense sensitivity and diverse applicability of immunoassays have made them a indispensable test for nearly every laboratory in the biological sciences.

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Immunoassays are one of the most important analytical techniques used in the development of pharmaceuticals and are used for  a variety of areas. These areas can include the diagnosis of disease, therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical pharmacokinetic and bioequivalence studies. In each of these instances, Immunoassays are used to quantify the presence of analytes such as drugs, macromolecules, metabolites, pathogens, or disease markers.

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The center of disease control estimates that foodborne illness presents a $77.7 billion economic burden in the U.S. alone every year, as well as 48 million instances of illness, 3,000 deaths, and 128,000 hospitalizations. Immunoassay are also used in the food industry for detecting natural constituents, antibiotics, pesticide residues, microorganisms, and fragments of microbial constituents. The application of immunoassay techniques contributes tremendously to the quality control and safety of our food supply. Immunoassays provide and important quality control for preventing infections, characterizing pathogens involved, and identifying the extent of contamination.

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Water pollution by sewage and run-off from farms  and factories produces a substantial public health problem in even developed countries. Improper treatment of sewage can result in the spread of viruses, bacteria, and protozoa. Immunoassays are used to monitor these pathogens to identify the cause of outbreaks and to monitor the effectiveness of treatment processes. Beyond the detection of pathogens, the identification of harmful chemicals from farm or industrial run off can be an important factor in water safety analysis both for both human and environmental health. Immunoassays can be used to detect the presence of these dangerous chemicals as well as the source to allow the necessary alterations in treatment strategies.