Elizabeth Hayes, Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal
Typically, an HIV diagnostic test takes a few hours to run and requires a laboratory.
A Portland biosciences company is developing a hand-held test that can produce accurate results from a drop of blood in just 20 minutes — and estimate how recently the infection occurred.
Sedia Biosciences Corp.’s rapid HIV test could potentially speed up diagnosis of the disease, especially in developing countries, and play a big role in slowing the global AIDS epidemic. It could also prove a vital tool in helping clinicians identify candidates for new “functional cures” that reduce viral levels to the point therapies can be suspended, said Ron Mink, Sedia’s president and chief science officer.