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Subtropical grass pollen allergy diagnostic and immunotherapy

Grass pollens are a major cause of hay fever and allergic asthma globally. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers have developed a high throughput diagnostic test for clinically important allergies to subtropical Bahia and Johnson grass pollen. They are also developing an immunotherapy (desensitisation treatment) for the regulation of the allergic response.

Patients with allergies will more easily determine the specific causes of their allergy and seek out appropriate treatment. The novel immunotherapy may offer more targeted and effective relief to allergy sufferers.

Unique selling point/competitive advantage

The diagnostic test would be the first available standardised test for Bahia and Johnson grass allergy that offers high confidence with outstanding specificity and sensitivity.

The defined allergen components of Bahia and Johnson grass pollen offer improvements over whole pollen extract based therapies.

Investment or collaboration opportunities

QUT bluebox seeks an industry partner to collaborate and develop the technology.

Intellectual property rights

The intellectual property is protected by national phase patent applications in Australia, Europe and the US.


Andrew Leech
General Manager, Commercial Operations

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