FLU-ID   Virus detection with magnetic nanoparticles
A project funded by the Swedish Strategic Research Foundation SSF
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The project has officially started on July 1st, 2014.
The purpose of this interdisciplinary project is the development of a low-cost  and portable nano-diagnostics unit, which will provide an efficient analytical  platform for rapid detection of pandemic influenza directly at the point of care.   The unit is based on state-of-the-art bio- and nano-technology and will enable the  detection, identification and monitoring of influenza, with universal relevance to both  developed and resource-poor countries. At the heart of this project are:   A novel, sensitive and low-cost bioassay An ultra-sensitive magnetic detection scheme   A handheld point-of-care device Sample preparation, assay and interface to the detector are realized through a  microfluidic lab-on-a-chip device. The project will generate Swedish-owned IP and lead  to internationally competitive competence developed by Swedish researchers in  Göteborg, Uppsala and Stockholm.  The methods and instruments developed in the proposed project focus on influenza,  but are generic and not limited to this specific disease. Many relevant microorganisms,  for example staphylococci (MRSA), noro- and sapoviruses (acute gastroenteritis),  parasitic protozoa (malaria) and zoonotic pathogens (~60% of all pathogens infecting  humans) require a similar diagnostic approach.