Planet Innovation’s PoC (Point-of-Care) diagnostic platform, Nplex, will benefit from further investment to develop a cloud-connected medical counter-measures device, for the rapid detection of infectious diseases.
The Nplex technology is ideally suited for applications where high sensitivity, multiplexed assay systems are needed for the rapid identification of infectious agents, especially in remote locations.
The collaborative project is part of a Medical Counter Measures (MCM) program established by the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), who conducted an extensive solicitation process. The MCM program will advance the development of a range of technologies to enhance the protection of Australian military and civilian personnel against Chemical, Biological and Radiological threats, emerging infectious diseases and pandemics.
After a successful $8.2m capital raise in 2015, Planet Innovation is commercializing a range of revolutionary technologies across global industry sectors such as PoC, health monitoring and energy management.
The DMTC project comes less than 12 months after Nplex secured contracts with a large, global pharmaceutical company and a US-based assay development group. The MCM program objective is to deliver solutions and strategies benefiting civilian and military health through a focus on PoC Diagnostics, Antimicrobial Resistance and Security Sensitive Biological Agents.
The Nplex MCM device will be a field-deployable, PoC diagnostic testing system that will rapidly detect and differentiate multiple infectious disease agents within a single test cartridge. Wireless connection of the device to cloud-based platforms via Smartphone will provide the ability to track outbreaks as they happen in real time minimizing the spread of disease.