A New European device could rapidly detect food allergies from a drop of blood

Researchers at the University of Valencia’s Institute of Materials Science are developing a system based on photonic biosensors for the rapid diagnosis of food allergies.

The project titled POSITIVE  aims to make a low-cost instrument that performs an analysis on a single drop of blood in fifteen minutes potentially for hundreds of foods simultaneously and without risk to patients.

“Currently, the most common allergy tests are expensive tests and especially traumatic for children, as well as pose a risk of adverse reactions,” says Daniel Hill, project coordinator  “Beyond the project, the idea is to be able to put a food allergy diagnostic instrument that is fast, effective and safe in the surgery of every paediatrician, so that they can test during the first few years of life”.

The device is expected to be finished by February and clinical trials will commence in Germany from June.

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