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Hand-Held Device Provides Lab-Quality Troponin Test Results in 15 Minutes to Identify Patients Suspected of Heart Attack
Date:4/18/2013

e blood a myriad of other biomarkers for heart failure, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, sepsis and other conditions where speed and quality of results are critical to patient care. According to the College of American Pathologists, the demand for point-of-care (POC) tests is now growing at 12%-16% per year with 1 in 4 tests being performed at the POC.

Rapid Troponin Test Key to Diagnosing Patients Suspected of Heart Attack
Rapid and sensitive testing of cardiac troponin has become the cornerstone for diagnosing patients suspected of having a heart attack. As many as 9 million emergency room patients are tested annually for suspected heart attack at a cost of nearly $13 billion. The length of time to diagnose a coronary event is a crucial factor because heart muscle begins to die shortly after being deprived of blood, eventually causing irreversible damage. Nearly 500,000 Americans die annually of coronary artery disease, and 1,000,000 suffer an acute coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, according to the American Heart Association. Annual rates indicate 785,000 will have their first heart attack, and another 470,000 will have another attack this year. About 195,000 will experience a "silent" heart attack without complaining of chest pain.

Single-Molecule Sensitivity and Wireless
Silicon BioDevices' test device is a fully integrated, immunoassay detection system based on a computer chip. With the potential to house up to 100,000 single-molecule sensors, each about 100th the cross-sectional area of human hair, the device has the unrivaled ability to count single molecules one at a time. Its on-chip integration of all analytical functions eliminates the need for an external instrument or reader, thus greatly simplifying the use of the device and reducing its manufacturing cost.

Encryption and wireless transmission functions can be integrated so digitized data can be sent wirelessly to any rem
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