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BIOASTER, FUJIFILM Collaborate on Study of Ebola Virus Disease Rapid Diagnostic System


BIOASTER, Microbiology Technology Institute, announced that it has confirmed and started a collaboration for the study of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) rapid diagnostic system with FUJIFILM Corporation (OTC: FUJIY).

In order to prevent a future outbreak of the disease, it is important to easily diagnose EVD patients at early stage and implement initial response measures to break the chain of infection. To that end, there is an urgent need to develop new technologies and products for rapid and reliable diagnosis tools to be used at the patients' bedside. This joint study aims at establishing a simple, rapid, small-size and portable diagnostic system, with high diagnostic capabilities, comparable to molecular testing.

The system will be combining FUJIFILM's high sensitivity virus (already used in the detection of the flu virus) detection technology with Ebola virus antibodies which are produced and evaluated by BIOASTER. This collaborative project will be conducted in Lyon, with experts from BIOASTER and FUJIFILM working together in the same laboratory. The research will be led in collaboration with Jean Mérieux Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory in Lyon (INSERM).

Nathalie Garçon, Chief Executive and Scientific Officer at BIOASTER comments: "Serving major challenges in health is at the

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