WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteome Systems Ltd. (ASX: PXL) CEO Dr Jenny Harry has been invited to join a panel with world health leaders in Washington DC at the Partnering for Global Health Forum sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and organised by Bio Ventures in Global Health, and BIO the Biotechnology Industry Organization. [March 10-12, 2008]. http://pgh.bio.org/opencms/PGH/2008/program/program.jsp
The Forum follows a report last month from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealing that drug resistant tuberculosis has hit the highest levels ever recorded. According to a survey of over 90,000 TB patients in 81 countries, the WHO found that levels of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB were far higher then expected. The survey also found cases in 45 countries of extensively drug resistant TB, which is virtually untreatable.
At the DC Forum Dr Harry is participating in a panel which will address 'Needs and Opportunities in Diagnostics: Creating Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World', and will draw on Proteome Systems' experience in its current development program for a rapid and accurate TB diagnostic test.
Proteome System's test aims to directly detect active TB by the presence of TB in the human body allowing for effective and timely treatment. It is planned that the test will diagnose TB within minutes, whereas the current tests for active TB take days to weeks. This will be a significant benefit in the management of this highly infectious disease.
The WHO estimates that there is an annual need for over 193 million point-of-care diagnostic tests for TB.
Proteome Systems has a collaboration and licensing agreement to advance the development and commercialization of the active TB diagnostic tests.
According to the US National Institute of Health, 8 million people
worldwide, mostly in poorer countries wh
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