QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 11th, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - It will soon be possible to diagnose and identify Clostridium difficile, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, and a variety of other infectious diseases much faster with cutting edge technology developed by GenePOC, a rapidly expanding Quebec City company.
Not only will it be much simpler to diagnose and identify the infectious agent, but there will also be a tremendous impact on patient health. The time period between a visit to a health professional and the start of appropriate medical treatment will be reduced to an absolute minimum.
"We have perfected a technology that can detect pathogen genes right at the point of care. The screening tests we can offer are truly a revolution in medicine, particularly the field of infectious disease diagnosis," explains Patrice Allibert, CEO of the company located in the Quebec Metro High Tech Park.
Entirely designed and developed in the provincial capital at CHU Québec by teams led by Dr. M. G. Bergeron, this technology meets a real and urgent need. "Health specialists around the world need a fast, high-quality diagnostic tool to help them provide targeted treatment for infectious diseases and provide patients with the best possible care," says Sébastien Chapdelaine, Vice President, R&D. "This is a big improvement in health care, because the GenePOC device can provide results in under an hour, which means patients can start getting treatment sooner," adds Allibert.
Winner of the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award in molecular diagnostics, GenePOC is experiencing strong growth. The company recently expanded its office space from 8,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet and is set to double its staff in the coming year. Some 20 new employees will join its current team of professionals to develop and launch this product on the market.
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