New research will target threat caused by sepsis

New research will target threat caused by sepsis

10 Apr 2012

Twelve new research and development projects that aim to improve the future diagnosis, detection and management of sepsis, a life-threatening illness caused by the body overreacting to an infection, are to receive government funding totalling £8 million.

The projects include work that will lead to the development of:

-          Point-of-care devices to detect multiple pathogens and antibiotic resistance profiles;

-          A rapid test (less than 3 minutes) to detect the presence of bacteria in blood;

-          Devices capable of detecting pathogens and the host response in a single system in less than 15 minutes;

-          Biomarker based cellular assays to predict stages of infection and sepsis;

-          Tests incorporating physical and biological measurements that can be used in multiple settlings to detect the early signs of infection and sepsis

The grant funding – from the Technology Strategy Board, the Department of Health, Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Medical Research Council – will be matched by funding from the UK companies involved in the projects, bringing the total value of the research and development to over £15 million.

The twelve business-led R&D projects will see over twenty UK companies working collaboratively with over a dozen universities, research organisations and NHS Foundation Trusts.  The funding awards follow successful applications by the consortia to two competitions managed by the Technology Strategy Board. 

View the press release here

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Last updated on Wednesday 11 April 2012 at 16:21

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