QuantuMDx -- Q-POC, handheld DNA analyzer
This UK-based startup has developed a set of technologies, being packaged into a handheld device, that can extract DNA from a patient’s fluid sample and run a series of diagnostics to detect and identify various diseases, in less than 20 minutes, right beside the patient. QuantuMDx is working with partners to develop companion diagnostics in the form of disposable cartridges. Q-POC is still in development, and due out in 2015. It’s aimed at professional healthcare workers in both developed and developing countries, but the approach could be the basis of a new level of low-cost self-care or at least self-diagnosis.