Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the key 501(c)(3) focused on conquering Lyme disease through good research, education and awareness, today announced it has partnered with Ionica Sciences, an Ithaca, New You are able to biotechnology company to accelerate the introduction of a very sensitive Lyme disease diagnostic test.
The brand new test, known as IonLyme™, targets Lyme disease microbial proteins and it is poised to change the rate and precision of diagnosis over existing tests. The process is exclusive, distinguishing Ionica Sciences’ technology all other Lyme tests available on the market. The approach allows earlier recognition of infections than is presently possible. Furthermore, it is also quickly adapted to identify other tick-borne illnesses soon. GLA and Ionica expect IonLyme to become very sensitive, and highly specific and for that reason very accurate.
Ixodes scapularis, a Black-legged tick/CDC
GLA has seeded Ionica Sciences with roughly $175,000 in funding to aid the event and launch from the test, which confirms the presence or lack of disease at or very near the start of signs and symptoms. GLA’s support, together with Cornell University’s Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Rise in the Existence Sciences, where Ionica Sciences is incubated, continues to be essential to the introduction of IonLyme.
“GLA requires a creative, innovative, and scientifically seem method of our research program, which is particularly important when looking for a reliable technology for Lyme diagnostics,” stated GLA Chairman Robert Kobre. “We think that by investing alongside Cornell’s venture arm, we are able to help Ionica change from early development to some commercially accessible, effective test. GLA makes targeted, initial phase investments so we have great confidence in Joel, Omar and every one of the Ionica team.”
Stated Omar Eco-friendly, Ph.D., Ionica’s Chief executive officer: “Without the support of GLA, IonLyme might have continued to be advisable on the white board. Now, using the generous support of GLA, Ionica Sciences is quickly creating a promising new technology which will transform Lyme disease testing because it is presently practiced.”
Early diagnosis is vital for Lyme, the most typical vector-borne disease within the U.S. with 329,000 new cases yearly. However, greater than 50 % of people are initially misdiagnosed because current exams are highly inaccurate. Most identify antibodies within the bloodstream that demonstrate contact with Lyme disease rather of targeting Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria which in turn causes the condition. Misdiagnosed individuals frequently go untreated and also the lingering infection may cause persistent debilitating signs and symptoms, including severe joint disease, memory and cognitive loss, and cardiac failure.
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Today’s generally used two-tiered diagnostic test for Lyme disease measures the patient’s antibody reaction to a Lyme infection. Consequently, some patients may receive false negative test results since there hasn’t been sufficient time for antibodies to build up, or as their defense mechanisms might be covered up. However, Ionica’s test detects the existence of key Borrelia proteins in bloodstream using a highly sensitive spectrographic signature. It may identify early Lyme, track the progress from the disease and the potency of treatment.
“GLA thinks about the problem within the needs of patients who’ve been waiting a lengthy here we are at an evaluation that provides a far more precise diagnosis than current tests.” stated Scott Santarella, GLA’s Chief executive officer. “By purchasing industry we would like to generate the various tools to assist expedite a fix for your problem that will change up the lives of millions.”
Ionica wishes to bring the brand new IonLyme test towards the Fda for approval later in 2018.