Breakthrough in high sensitivity tuberculosis and malaria diagnosis
4 December 2007
A new diagnostic system for detecting TB and malaria and suitable for use
in developing countries and remote areas has been developed by German
company Partec. The breakthrough was presented at the World Forum for
Medicine in Dusseldorf in November.
The system combines Partec's CyScope, the world's first battery-operated
and mobile fluorescence microscope, with dedicated test kits developed by
The Partec CyScope
"The prerequisite for any improvement of treatment programmes in the TB
and Malaria field is the availability of diagnostic solutions adapted to the
specific regional situation and infrastructure, especially in developing
countries. By having successfully introduced an entirely new class of highly
affordable, ultracompact as well as robust and easy-to-use mobile
fluorescence microscopes, it is now possible to reach the many infected
individuals who previously have stayed almost completely uncovered from any
testing for TB and Malaria", said Roland Gohde, Chief Executive Officer of
Partec Essential Healthcare.
"Due to the development in modern component technology it was possible to
design a unique compact microscope unit based on an innovative optical
system and new ultra-bright light-emitting diodes (LEDs), offering
significant benefits not only in terms of sensitivity, durability and
robustness, but in addition, making available fluorescence microscopy at
instrument cost below €1000."
Conventional fluorescence microscopes usually are in the range of above
The CyScope is already widely in use in Africa, Asia and Europe and has
been clinically validated with very positive results, both for TB and
Malaria, by different international research groups, eg in Ghana, Benin,
French Guyana, Nigeria and by the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical
Medicine in Hamburg. In June 2007, the CyScope was honoured with the IQ
Innovation Award Central Germany.
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