Luas Diagnostics has a licensed platform technology on which it will develop accurate and affordable diagnostic tests which require minimal training and can be deployed in remote settings away from centralised testing laboratories. The initial focus is on Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Covid-19 testing.
Luas Diagnostics was incorporated in the UK in June 2020. The company plans to develop and market easy-to-use, rapid and accurate diagnostics tests. There are two parts to the business.
1. Covid-19 testing
Luas has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Chembio Diagnostics Systems in the USA to market their Covid-19 antibody and antigen tests in the UK and Ireland. These tests will be sold for use in the workplace, pharmacies, care homes, airports, police forces and many other market segments.
Luas has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Birmingham to develop a saliva based, rapid Covid-19 test. Saliva is a convenient sample to obtain and has been shown to be as accurate as swabs.
2. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Using an adaptation of the technology currently used worldwide to test diabetics for glucose levels in blood, Luas is developing products to monitor therapeutic drug levels. Certain diseases are treated with drugs which must be maintained in the blood stream at appropriate levels. Today, patient drug levels are measured in centralised laboratories. Luas is developing a test for drug monitoring which could be used at home, in pharmacies or GP surgery. The first product will test for Theophylline which is used to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease. Our plans are then to develop a test for Lithium which is used to treat Psychosis.