QuantuMDx launches crowdfunding campaign to help eliminate malaria with handheld lab
9 January 2014
DNA diagnostics company QuantuMDx will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support malaria eradication worldwide by further developing and trialling their handheld laboratory which can identify malaria DNA in 15-minutes.
With one child dying every minute of malaria, the funds raised will be used to further expand clinical trials of the company’s malaria diagnostic to allow health workers to tackle drug resistance. With no need for clean water or stable electricity, QuantuMDx’s rugged and user-friendly handheld lab will offer a technology leap to developing nations, giving even the most rural communities access to life-saving diagnostics.
CEO Elaine Warburton OBE said “Our crowdfunding campaign is unique. Not only are we looking for contributors to support this phenomenally worthy cause to help save many hundreds if not thousands of children’s lives, but we’re also offering everyone the chance to leave a lasting legacy in the fight against malaria by contributing their winning ideas to the look and feel of our device and to take part in re-naming it from the current research name of Q-POC. Who knows, perhaps we’ll find the next Jonathan Ive?”
CSO Jonathan O’Halloran said, “We have spent years developing our tech and we now have a prototype device that has completed a sample-to-result malaria DNA test in under 15 minutes. Contributions will help take our life saving device from the lab to the field and directly save lives. We have health workers around the world crying out for our technology and are now receiving the support of major NGOs, we just need help to finalize our development and drive the technology through clinical trials.”
The Company has released a series of trailers of the campaign to introduce the technology on their YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/QuantuMDxTV.