DescriptionPaperdrop Diagnostics is a spin-off of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) adhered to the UAB Research Park. It is promoted by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi, leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectrics and Biosensors Group and innovation expert Dr. Marc Gallegos. The company has developed a low-cost and easy-to-use device to identify drug-induced injuries.
ActivityThe diagnostics technologies currently available for drug-induced injuries, though advanced, tend to require access to large laboratories, qualified personnel and financial assistance. This is true of such as real-time PCR or the ELISA immunoassay, available in developed countries for research and certain clinical applications.
Paperdrop Diagnostics S.L. is a young spinoff compnay that has developed a low-cost and easy-to-use device to identify these injuries. Their technology is based on lateral flow immunoassays, similar to a pregnancy test, which are being optimised to detect six key biomarkers in the detection of drug-induced kidney and liver injuries and systemic inflammatory response syndrome. A single drop of the patient’s blood is required to carry out the test using a paper sensor. It is a low-cost and easy-to-use tool that presents the same sensitivity and specificity as lab tests.