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Development of low cost testing chip and device for Hepatitis C testing

Status: 
Active
Competition: 
Genomic Applications Partnership Program
GAPP Round: 
1
Sector: 
Health
Genome Centre(s):
Ontario Genomics
Project Leader(s):
Shana Kelley (University of Toronto)
Receptor Leader(s):
Jack Graham (Xagenic Inc.)
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
2014-2015
Project Description: 

Conventional lab testing for infectious diseases such as Hepatitis C, malaria and tuberculosis is inefficient and not cost-effective, particularly in developing countries. The development of fast and accurate point-of-care testing for these infections would significantly improve the clinical management of infectious diseases.

For this research, Xagenic will partner with Dr. Shana Kelley, a leading academic from the University of Toronto, to leverage expertise in viral assay development, sensor technology and plastic chip fabrication.

This project will lead to a single affordable and accurate genotyping test to screen for infectious pathogens, and will provide a new solution for rapid disease diagnosis. The low-cost, disposable, battery-powered testing device will identify pathogens in human blood in minutes, which could reduce infectious disease in Canada and around the world, and dramatically improve disease management.

The launch of this new product line by Xagenic will result in increased revenues and significant job creation within the company.