An easy-to-use blood test is being developed by a North Wales medical technology company for people at risk of developing blood clots.
The device, in development by Microvisk, will enable people to check quickly and accurately if they are getting the correct dosage of warfarin.
The new device, used by doctors and nurses in clinics and general practices or in the home, will contain SmartStrip, a disposable strip containing solid state micro electro mechanical sensors (MEMS) and a handheld reader.
The disposable plastic test strip is the world’s first medical diagnostic strip to use MEMS sensors.
The strip will allow doctors to adjust the dose if necessary by testing blood clotting time from a single drop of blood and will display the results on the reader.
The device finished successful initial clinical trials at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and is expected to be launched at the end of 2011.
Microvisk, which is funded by a mixture of private and venture capitalist investors, said it has raised £2m by attracting three new investors and also received funding for research and development from the Assembly Government.