For a Developing World

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“Over a billion people are affected by NTDs but live on less than two dollars a day”
- World Health Organisation

Our mission is to design medical tests for NTDs that are robust enough to stand up to the rigours of tropical climates and are simple enough to be used by non-specialists.


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The World Health Organisation has targeted 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) for elimination but without sensitive and reliable diagnostic tests many go undetected and untreated. As most effected people are living on less than $2 a day, the drive to make better medicines and diagnostics cannot rely on the usual market forces. However, low cost tests can be designed and manufactured by international specialists and delivered directly to the populations.


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The aim of TROZON X is to design diagnostics for Tropical Zone Diseases which are easy to use in any environment. Our dynamic project teams of international specialists use the latest research findings to develop low cost easy to use tests for early diagnosis. By coupling disease markers with tried and tested dipstick technology (as found in pregnancy tests) detection of infection is put in the hands of the patient. Non-specialist users can diagnose infectious diseases at the point of care, in the deepest jungle or doctor's office facilitating immediate treatment.


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Dr Barrie Rooney

Barrie has spent many years working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) diagnosing and treating infectious diseases in tropical countries. Most recently Barrie has used her extensive scientific expertise to design a simple dipstick test to detect the fatal disease, sleeping sickness. By managing a consortium of specialists in tropical medicine and diagnostic test manufacturing, Barrie delivered a new test for field trials currently underway in four African countries. For their efforts the team was awarded the prestigious Innovator of the Year award for social impact.


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