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Enigma Diagnostics Announces an Award of GBP 1.8 Million From UK Government
Date:9/18/2008

PORTON DOWN, England, September 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Enigma Diagnostics, the decentralised and point-of-care molecular diagnostics Company, announces that it has been awarded a grant of GBP1.8M from the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board under the "Technologies for Health" programme.

The objective of the programme is to develop a "gold-standard" portable, rapid, automated DNA analysis (PRADA) molecular test system for the diagnosis of infectious diseases in decentralised and point-of-care settings such as GP surgeries. The focus of the programme will be on sexually transmitted diseases including Chlamydia and healthcare associated infections including MRSA.

The PRADA system development will be led by Enigma Diagnostics and based upon its proprietary technology. Researchers at the Centre for Healthcare Associated Infections at Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University, will develop and validate real-time molecular assays for the platform.

Point-of-care molecular tests for critical infectious diseases are a significant unmet clinical need. Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the developed world. Most people with Chlamydia have no symptoms and many are unaware that they have the infection. If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to long term health problems, such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. Rapid systems for point-of-care testing will enable healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose Chlamydia and treat it immediately, removing the need to track down patients days or weeks later.

MRSA is a significant public health problem and rapid point-of-care testing is essential for effective patient management. The NHS is introducing MRSA screening for patients admitted to hospitals in order to help reduce severe infections. The new PRADA system will allow rapid testing for emergency and out of hour's admissions, allowing doctors to make quick decisions about how their patients a
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