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AllerScreening – Point-of-Care device based on key-enabling technologies (KETs) for diagnosis of food allergies

http://www.aller-screening.upm.es

BiOD is the lead partner for the read-out hardware and fully responsible for coordinating the commercial exploitation of the AllerScreening platform. (please use to the link above to learn about the other partners within the consortium)

Food allergy is an immune-based disease that has become an important publichealth problem that affects both children and  adults. In the US, food allergy affects 5% of children under the age of 5 years and 4% of teens and adults, and its prevalence appears to be on the increase. Globally, it is estimated that over 6% of the population, around 200 to 250 million people, suffer from some food allergies, affecting more than 17 million people only in Europe.

The main objective of this project is adapting a proven optical diagnostic technology to the clinical routine of allergy testing, addressing an unmet healthcare need within the laboratory and the clinic. The unique features of AllerScreening will allow clinicians to detect the main food allergies (approximately 90% of European food allergies) through a simple test using a
drop of sera, reducing the cost and technical requirements of the current clinical practice.

This new and innovative sensing system for the in-vitro component diagnosis of food allergies will be feasible thanks to  multiplexed disposable BioKits and an optical Point-of-Care reader which together will constitute the AllerScreening diagnostic platform.

This project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 768641

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