Testing for TB could soon be as swift as a breathalyzer.
TB test plan wins grant
Sentec in Hills Road has won a DTI Smart award to develop the new test for pneumonia, TB and influenza, infections that can prove lethal, especially in the developing world.
Currently, the most commonly used TB test takes more than a week to show a result, whereas Sentec's 'blow-into-a-tube' method is instant.
Disease antibodies are placed in the tube and if the reading is positive they will glow.
The Smart award will fund a prototype and, if successful, Sentec will form a new company around the product, in the same way they have spun-out HoloTag, SmartBead and Polatis.
Sentec Ltd a Xylem Brand