In the Philippines, the most commonly used tests available in laboratories of larger medical centers for definitive dengue diagnosis are the dengue antibody tests and the dengue NS1 antigen capture ELISA tests.
Biotek-M Dengue-aqua kit is the closest locally developed technology to commercialization.
The intention of this project is to roll-out the Biotek-MTM Dengue-aqua kit field acceptability and market analysis.
Under the “Lab-in-a-Mug Project,” all diagnostic kits are integrated and miniaturized in an isothermal unit as small as a “mug” which functions as a multi-infectious disease diagnostic device similar to a portable laboratory. The “Lab-in-a-Mug” was conceptualized, designed, and piloted by Filipino scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila.
The project is funded by the University of the Philippines System thru the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-TECHNICOM.
Regional Roll-Out of Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit
Biotek-MTM Dengue aqua kit, a 100% Filipino designed and developed technology, is now ready for roll-out to selected Dengue sentinel sites to further improve its surveillance and monitoring capability using an affordable and sensitive technology for the CONFIRMATORY diagnosis of Dengue infection in the first 0-5 days of illness.
This is a joint undertaking between Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-TECHNICOM, Department of Health-NEC, Biotech-Manila and the Philippine Genome Center.
One hundred (100) sentinel sites all over the country have been invited to participate in this activity. The training for Luzon Cluster was held last June 5-6, 2014 at the National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila. A total of 22 participants, representing 14 hospitals joined the activity. Mindanao and Visayas Clusters will follow on July 2-3, 2014 and July 10-11, 2014, respectively.