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Biotechnology and molecular diagnosis


Problem and solution

Acute respiratory infections are a serious global health issue. Affected patients usually present non-specific symptoms that make clinical diagnosis difficult. 

Rapid detection and identification of the bacteria and/or virus responsible for these infections is key in determining the appropriate treatment quickly, allowing for the better recovery of the patient.

The molecular techniques that facilitate the differential diagnosis are only available in central laboratories and require the use of costly, fixed equipment by specialised personnel.

A European consortium, of which the Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital is a member, has developed a new, completely automated "point-of-care" device, which will facilitate the molecular diagnosis of the main respiratory bacteria and viruses within the various healthcare sites (hospitals, healthcare centres, medical practices, etc.).

After simply depositing samples inside it, the RESPOC device performs multiple analyses with minimal operator intervention, which provides accurate results in under one hour. 

Current status

  • In progress.
Dispositivo Respoc