The Challenge

Current diagnostics are sputum dependent.
Obtaining sputum from the lungs is hazardous and slow.
Sputum-based testing is inherently unreliable
in HIV-burdened populations.

Obtaining sputum samples is difficult in:

  • Children
  • ICU patients
  • Trauma unit admissions
  • Patients with weak immune systems
  • HIV patients

Sputum-based diagnosis is ineffective to diagnose
extra-pulmonary TB (16-20% of all TB).

3,5 million cases of TB were mis-diagnosed in 2014.
- World Health Organisation 2015

Early detection is paramount, therefore true point-of-care testing is required.
- Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, 2015