Speedy virus testing system conceived at Imperial lands new function in leisure

A brand new partnership will deliver fast respiratory virus testing to movie units and TV studios throughout the nation.

Respiratory infections are a problem within the movie and TV business, with any trace of flu or COVID-19 amongst solid and crew liable to deliver expensive productions to a standstill. Speedy and dependable viral identification on set could make all of the distinction, which is why specialist testing providers firm Katalyst Laboratories has signed a partnership settlement to deploy the Dragonfly system developed by Imperial startup ProtonDx.

Our Dragonfly system is a possible game-changer, offering fast and correct outcomes, regardless of location. Bob Enck ProtonDx

“Katalyst is main the evolution of in-field diagnostic testing for the movie and TV manufacturing industries, offering prepared entry to novel diagnostic options to help operational continuity for these people-centric companies,” mentioned Bob Enck, Chairman and President of ProtonDx.

“So, I’m happy to announce our strategic partnership with Katalyst for the distribution of our Dragonfly diagnostic system, which is a possible game-changer within the diagnostics business, offering fast and correct outcomes, regardless of location.”

ProtonDx’s strategy is predicated on an progressive pattern assortment and evaluation approach developed by Dr Jesus Rodriguez Manzano, from the Division of Infectious Illness, and Professor Pantelis Georgiou and Dr Nicholas Moser, from the Division of Electrical and Digital Engineering. The strategy gives a really pure and amplified DNA/RNA pattern, with out the necessity for laboratory processing. Because of this testing may be executed on-the-spot, even in difficult circumstances.

The Dragonfly 5-in-1 Respiratory Check Panel can distinguish between completely different human virus varieties

The corporate’s Dragonfly 5-in-1 Respiratory Check Panel can detect the low viral hundreds current through the early levels of a respiratory an infection in people, and distinguish quickly between virus varieties, indicating whether or not it has detected influenza A, influenza B, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus or the SARS-CoV-2 virus chargeable for COVID-19. The Dragonfly system is definitely moveable, offering ends in half an hour which are as dependable as a PCR take a look at.

Dragonfly not too long ago proved its price supporting Staff GB’s athletes on the Winter Olympics in Beijing, and Staff Scotland’s contributors on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.

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Beneath the phrases of the settlement, ProtonDx has granted Katalyst unique rights to the distribution of the Dragonfly multi-pathogen detection system in quite a lot of Katalyst’s shopper segments, notably in movie and TV manufacturing.

Dragonfly presents the diagnostics neighborhood a novel and cost-effective testing resolution. Andrew Wheeler Katalyst Laboratories

“We’re excited to be working with the professional group at ProtonDx and distributing this stand-out resolution that may ship high-quality molecular diagnostic testing wherever,” mentioned Andrew Wheeler, co-founder and CEO of Katalyst Laboratories.

“Dragonfly presents the diagnostics neighborhood a novel and cost-effective testing resolution that may be readily tailored to help the quickly evolving want for correct pathogen detection, one thing that I consider can add worth not solely throughout the movie & TV market, however throughout all point-of-care channels.”

ProtonDx was based in 2020, commercialising a number of years of multi-disciplinary analysis involving engineering, drugs and molecular biology to be able to present fast, correct diagnostics on the level of want. This work accelerated through the pandemic with the help of the Imperial Faculty 3M COVID-19 Analysis Award and the Group Jameel fund.

In March 2021 the corporate moved into the Imperial Incubator at White Metropolis, constructing on previous help from the Faculty’s enterprise ecosystem, together with the Techcelerate and MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) programmes, the Imperial Enterprise Mentoring Service, and the Mates of Imperial Faculty.

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