Skin patch technology for cystic fibrosis diagnosis
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder affecting mostly the lungs but also involving the pancreas, kidneys, liver and intestine. Long-term issues include frequent lung infections, skin infections, poor growth, and in some cases, male infertility. It is linked to mutations in the transmembrane regulator protein that controls the exocrine system of saliva, sweat, tears and mucus production. Sweat test is currently the golden standard for disease confirmation but it requires the use of a sophisticated analytical procedure that is carried out within specialized medical units. Within this EU-funded project, researchers will asses the technical validation an easy-to-use patch-based sweat test for efficient early diagnostics in new-borns that can be used in primary care centers. After technical validation in healthy and non-healthy volunteers, the team will develop strategies for commercialisation and future product development.
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