National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.6 million to Idaho Technology, Inc. to further develop the Point-of-Care FilmArray(POC FilmArray). It is a clinical diagnostic testing platform designed for underserved populations including the rural and urban poor communities. The device is capable of simultaneous testing for multiple bacterial and viral targets and delivers results in less than 60 minutes. It will initially focus on the diagnosis of respiratory pathogens, sexually transmitted infections and sepsis. This funding will support the FilmArray instrument to the rigors of non-traditional settings as well as development of a test for a panel of sexually transmitted infections.
“Modern medicine is largely practiced in hospitals, physicians’ offices and clinics but there are many regions of the country where healthcare facilities are not readily accessible. The POC FilmArray takes the hospital to the patient, providing timely and accurate diagnosis in less than an hour,” said Robert Crisp, R&D Scientist at Idaho Technology.
The POC FilmArray is an easy and quick way to diagnose and stop the spread of disease. Individuals’ early testing would facilitate containment and control transmission in the general public in the event of a pandemic outbreak.
The Point-of-Care FilmArray uses the company’s FilmArray technology platform. The FilmArray offers a means to concurrently test for panels of pathogens thus allowing for a symptom-centric approach to testing. FilmArray was first used for detecting upper respiratory infection with less than one hour as a turnaround time.