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$1.5 Million to Develop Handheld Infections Detection Device

The biomedical engineering department has received $1.5 million to research an innovative device that will result in the quick and simple detection of infectious germs in patients by detecting nucleic acids. The team, directed by professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Marc Madou, will work with three teams from the National Research Council of Canada.

The detection of nucleic acids, which are the building blocks of protein, will allow doctors to diagnose diseases in patients and determine the best approach to treatment more rapidly and efficiently. The device will be constructed using a standard plastic injection mold and manufactured in bulk. Automated technology, as opposed to traditional labor techniques, will allow for faster DNA analysis. The device will be made of economical and disposable materials for more affordability.

There will be two clinical trials