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The test, called MicroScreen, detects the genes inside the antibiotic resistant bacteria and is a major breakthrough in the battle against drug resistant infection, now widely regarded as a ticking time-
MicroScreen presents a cheap, quick and simple test which can be used on pre-
Bruce Savage, CEO of GFC Diagnostics says “Our test takes about thirty minutes and does not need expensive equipment or highly trained staff.
“This test could be a major step forward to reduce the harm caused by drug resistant bacteria. Drug resistant infections are on the rise with up to 50,000 lives lost each year to antibiotic-
The technology can also be used to detect other bacteria including deadly strains of drug resistant tuberculosis and CPE (Carbapenem Aseproducing Enterobacteriaceae). Bruce Savage said: “The grant will help our work to detect the so called ‘nightmare bug’ CPE which is resistant to nearly all known antibiotics, is often fatal and spreading fast across the world.
The Discovery Awards were announced at The Royal Society in London and mark the second anniversary of the Longitude Prize -
GFC Diagnostics will receive a grant to be used in developing ideas and overcoming the technical challenges of making a submission for the main Longitude Prize challenge which offers £10 million for the development of a novel, affordable and rapid point-
According to the Longitude Prize’s latest UK public survey1 around three-
Daniel Berman, Longitude Prize lead at Nesta, the innovation foundation, said “We’re delighted to announce today the recipients of Longitude Discovery Award funding, chosen from a field of over 70 teams of inventors. The groups receiving these grants are working across a range of technologies, from nanosensors to gene detectors to lasers, but they are all working towards one goal -
GFC Diagnostics Wins Global Award for Development of Cheap, Quick and Simple MRSA Test
GFC Diagnostics has been awarded one of the three Longitude Prize Discovery Awards awarded to UK organisations for the company’s ground-
The GFC team, from left: chief executive Bruce Savage, technical director Dr Graham Cope, senior scientist Dr Graham Mock and scientist Alex Savage.
A FIRM based near Banbury has scooped a Longitude Prize Discovery award for developing a test for superbugs.
GFC Diagnostics’ MicroScreen detects antibiotic-
The new method is also cheaper, as it does not need expensive equipment or highly trained staff.
Chief executive Bruce Savage explained: “This could be a major step forward to reduce the harm caused by drug-
“This rapid test will give a quick diagnosis and prevent the unnecessary use of broad spectrum antibiotics.
“It will reduce healthcare costs by helping to stop the spread of deadly infections throughout a hospital.”
The technology can also detect deadly strains of drug-
The awards were announced at The Royal Society in London on Monday.
GFC Diagnostics will receive a £25,000 grant to further develop its idea before entering the main Longitude Prize challenge, which offers a £10m prize. Mr Savage added: “The grant will help our work to detect the so called nightmare-
GFC Diagnostics was set up nine years ago at the Cherwell Innovation Centre to develop a saliva and urine SmokeScreen tests, which detects if someone is a smoker. The firm moved to Chipping Warden a year ago. It is one of three Longitude Prize Discovery Award winners, chosen from more than 70 teams of inventors.
Test to seek superbugs wins top prize
30th November 2016