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January 18, 2006

STMicroelectronics To Market Chip To Detect Bird Flu In Humans

Topics: Health Issues

STMicroelectronics said on Wednesday that it planned to market a disposable laboratory microchip that can confirm within about an hour a human case of bird flu, at a limited cost. The company has teamed up with a Singapore medical firm, Veredus, to develop a disposable chip capable of detecting the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

The diagnostic is built on STMicroelectronics' "In-Check" platform, which is described as a complete laboratory on a chip. Veredus is developing an application, based on STMicro's technology, to identify if a patient is infected with the H5N1 strain or a subtype of influenza in a single test that could replace the several tests currently used to detect the illness. The chip, the size of a glass slide, will begin trials in March in several countries, with the commercial launch scheduled for the end of the year.

Posted by Richard at January 18, 2006 6:58 AM

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