Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

FluChip Technology To Combat Deadly Swine Flu Virus

Date:
April 28, 2009
Source:
University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office
Summary:
InDevR Inc., a small biotech company in Boulder, CO, has announced that they have licensed the FluChip technology from the University of Colorado. The company has arranged to test genetic material from the recent swine H1N1 virus on the MChip as well as other versions of the FluChip which are under development.

InDevR Inc., a small biotech company in Boulder, CO, has announced that they have licensed the FluChip technology from the University of Colorado.

Related Articles


The FluChip was invented by a joint team of scientists at the University of Colorado and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in an NIH-sponsored effort led by Professor Kathy Rowlen. Rowlen, now the CEO of InDevR, said that InDevR has arranged to test genetic material from the recent swine H1N1 virus on the MChip as well as other versions of the FluChip which are under development.

According to Rowlen: “Based on work we conducted a couple of years ago, it appears that the M-gene version of the FluChip will be able to distinguish human H1N1 viruses from the new swine H1N1 virus. If that proves to be the case, the FluChip will be a much needed and powerful new tool for surveillance since all of the current influenza diagnostics on the market are unable to subtype this virus.”

The most popular diagnostic tests for influenza include rapid immunoassays, which are only able to identify the type (A or B) of influenza virus, and reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction assays, which were designed for human-adapted influenza viruses and are not able to identify the swine H1N1 subtype. State Public Health Laboratories must now send any influenza A viruses that cannot be subtyped using existing diagnostics to the CDC for analysis by genome sequencing or viral isolation. The CDC must select viruses to analyze since it is not possible to run every sample collected from a large number of Public Health Labs.

The M-gene based FluChip has been demonstrated to delineate human-adapted viruses from non-human viruses, such as the H1N1 virus that caused the 1918 flu pandemic (sometimes called the “Spanish Flu”).

“Since the FluChip assay can be conducted within a single day, it could be employed in State Public Health Laboratories to greatly enhance influenza surveillance and our ability to track the virus,” Rowlen said.

InDevR will combine the FluChip technology with an innovative detection technology (NESATM), which InDevR also licensed from the University of Colorado and further developed with NIH sponsorship, to make the FluChip assay inexpensive and easy to use in any lab that has basic capabilities for PCR (a widely-used technique for genetic manipulation and testing).

“Kathy and her team have been engaged with this and similar diagnostic technology for many years,” said Mary Tapolsky, Senior Licensing Manager at the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. “CU TTO is excited about this experienced and motivated group developing and commercializing this promising technology.”


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. "FluChip Technology To Combat Deadly Swine Flu Virus." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 April 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090428225358.htm>.
University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. (2009, April 28). FluChip Technology To Combat Deadly Swine Flu Virus. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090428225358.htm
University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. "FluChip Technology To Combat Deadly Swine Flu Virus." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090428225358.htm (accessed October 30, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Restores Amputee Dexterity

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Restores Amputee Dexterity

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 29, 2014) A Swedish amputee who became the first person to ever receive a brain controlled prosthetic arm is able to manipulate and handle delicate objects with an unprecedented level of dexterity. The device is connected directly to his bone, nerves and muscles, giving him the ability to control it with his thoughts. Matthew Stock reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Google To Use Nanoparticles, Wearables To Detect Disease

Google To Use Nanoparticles, Wearables To Detect Disease

Newsy (Oct. 29, 2014) Google X wants to improve modern medicine with nanoparticles and a wearable device. It's all an attempt to tackle disease detection and prevention. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Can Drinking Milk Lead To Early Death?

Can Drinking Milk Lead To Early Death?

Newsy (Oct. 29, 2014) Researchers in Sweden released a study showing heavy milk drinkers face an increased mortality risk from a variety of causes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Obama: The US Will Not 'run and Hide' From Ebola

Obama: The US Will Not 'run and Hide' From Ebola

AP (Oct. 29, 2014) Surrounded by health care workers in the White House East Room, President Barack Obama said the U.S. will likely see additional Ebola cases in the weeks ahead. But he said the nation can't seal itself off in the fight against the disease. (Oct. 29) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

    Environment News

    Technology News



    Save/Print:
    Share:

    Free Subscriptions


    Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

    Get Social & Mobile


    Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

    Have Feedback?


    Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
    Mobile: iPhone Android Web
    Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
    Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
    Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins