Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents Innovation Platform
is an Innovation Platform?
Innovation Platforms are designed to address major society and public policy challenges and where a government department is taking specific action through policy, regulation, procurement or financial measures to tackle the problem.
What will the Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents Innovation Platform do?
The Innovation Platform will fund research and development to produce new rapid diagnostic tests and point of care devices for the detection and identification of infectious agents in both humans and animals.
The first call was put out in Jan 2010 - download the flier for more information pdf
- a reduction in the number of deaths and amount of illness caused by infectious agents
- a fundamental change in the ability of UK business to provide solutions to detection
- a boost in the UK economic performance
- financial savings to Defra and Department of Health
- higher quality public services
- use of the technology developed across the world.
Who would use the outputs?
The range of diseases and areas chosen were prioritised by the Department of Health and Defra.
Success for this Innovation Platform would be the development by UK industry of diagnostic tests including point of care devices for the rapid and effective detection and identification of infectious agents to be used in the UK and globally.
The devices should be rapid, sensitive and specific, cheap, easy to use, minimally invasive, compact, stable and compatible with existing systems.
PROGRAMME FACTS AND FIGURES
Start and end dates: 01/2010 to 01/2015