Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Yorkshire company develops early diagnostic test for lung cancer

03.11.2004


A non-invasive diagnostic test for early-stage bronchial carcinoma (lung cancer) is one of the innovative technologies being presented at White Rose Bioscience Forum in York today (03 November).



Developed by Sheffield-based company Medis Diagnostics Ltd, the test - Fortel Bca - provides a reliable and accurate method of diagnosing early stage lung cancer through the analysis of a small blood sample which looks for cellular changes. The test uses data from a specially chosen panel of seven biomarkers, which, together with a patented ‘fuzzy logic’ mathematical process, provides the clinician with not only a benign/malignant diagnosis, but also a specific histology of any malignancy found. The test is cost-effective and offers high specificity and sensitivity and may bring diagnosis of lung cancer forward by up to 18 months.

Lung cancer is a difficult cancer to treat successfully as it frequently remains undiagnosed until it has reached the stage where a patient’s survival chances are low. Accurate earlier diagnosis through Fortel Bca could offer an immediate and significant improvement in the prognosis of those suffering from the disease. The test can also be used by clinicians at regular intervals to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment being given to lung cancer patients.


Medis Diagnostics is looking to raise additional funds of at least £300K to bring Fortel Bca to market. Presenting to an audience of venture capitalists at the BioForum’s investment track, Research and Development Director David Reed said:
“The diagnostic, predictive and classification information provided by Fortel Bca is more powerful than ever seen before. The number of new cases of lung cancer per year almost mirrors the number of deaths and there is a definite and proven need for our technology.”

This is the first time the annual White Rose University Consortium Bioscience Forum has held an investment track. The track is being run by Connect Yorkshire, an organisation that specialises in training and mentoring for high- tech companies seeking finance. Connect Yorkshire also organises twice-yearly investment conferences to bring technology companies together with potential investors.

Simon Browning, managing director of Connect Yorkshire says: “Clearly Medis Diagnostics has technology that will significantly change the outlook for those suffering from, or potentially suffering from lung cancer. Early diagnosis and novel monitoring methods will make an enormous difference to thousands of individuals in the future, demonstrating the importance of new technology in improving quality of life for all of us.”

Simon Donoghue, acting chief executive of the White Rose University Consortium says: “The investment track has demonstrated to delegates the wealth of novel bioscience research being undertaken in the region. We hope that this opportunity will result in further funding for the companies allowing their technologies to be developed further.”

Clare Elsley | alfa
Further information:
http://www.whiterose.ac.uk

More articles from Life Sciences:

nachricht A novel socio-ecological approach helps identifying suitable wolf habitats
17.02.2017 | Universität Zürich

nachricht New, ultra-flexible probes form reliable, scar-free integration with the brain
16.02.2017 | University of Texas at Austin

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Biocompatible 3-D tracking system has potential to improve robot-assisted surgery

17.02.2017 | Medical Engineering

Real-time MRI analysis powered by supercomputers

17.02.2017 | Medical Engineering

Antibiotic effective against drug-resistant bacteria in pediatric skin infections

17.02.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>