Rapid pin prick test for lung pathogens

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death globally. The goal of Associate Professor John Miles's biomarker discovery program is to develop immune gene profiling assays for point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics in COPD.

Unique selling point/competitive advantage

From a pin prick droplet of blood, this tool can be used to develop a diagnostic pipeline, capable of distinguishing between bacterial and viral infections within hours of patient admission to direct appropriate COPD treatment.

The Miles Research Group platform offers high levels of precision, is capable of rapid deployment, and uses chips that can be directly loaded with body fluids.

Investment or collaboration opportunities

To their knowledge, James Cook University (JCU) believes there are no rapid PoC tests available for rapid identification of lung pathogens from a blood draw. JCU is looking for partners to help translate their biomarkers bank to develop and commercialise these new diagnostic tools.

Intellectual property rights

JCU holds intellectual property rights for significant data sets and biomarker banks.


Dr Seth Jones
Manager, Development and Commercialisation
Phone: +61 7 4232 1783
Email: seth.jones@jcu.edu.au

More information

Learn about the work of A/Professor John Miles, the principal research leader for these new diagnostic tools.

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