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Product innovation is great! but what next?

By Emily MacLean | 31 Jan, 2017

Hi everyone!

I'm Emily, a grad student in Madhu's group at McGill. We recently penned an editorial about the challenges of implementing new molecular diagnostics into healthcare systems. Something I think we spend a lot of time thinking about, especially in TB, is how to make diagnostic tests that are more accurate. How can we get them to run faster and give more definitive results? As it stands we do have some molecular diagnostic tests that have good performance, and some that are already WHO endorsed, but it's now going to be really critical to get these tests in places where they're needed (or as we said in the attached editorial) to span the healthcare value chain!

I would be really interested in hearing about any initiatives you've been part of that have really helped in scaling up a diagnostic technology, or made it more accessible. Where is the most important/effective place to start these kind of next steps? What has worked for you, or conversely, what hasn't?





Anita Suresh Replied at 2:35 PM, 31 Jan 2017

Hi Emily and everyone,

Thanks for starting a very relevant discussion on improved access and scale-up of diagnostics! One of the ways this has been successfully demonstrated is through in-country specimen referral systems and laboratory strengthening. This was implemented in Uganda and Ethiopia via public-private partnerships (see attached papers). While they focus on tests implemented at district/regional labs and higher settings, these settings will likely continue to be critical test locations in the patient continuum even while we build towards true point-of-care testing.

I'm sure there are more such examples and other successful paths to access and scale-up - it would be great to hear of such initiatives and experience, especially from the industry and industry partners here in this community.


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