Besides the existential threat to humanity that antimicrobial resistance represents, the critical medical importance of correctly prescribing antibiotics in the GP surgery has been acknowledged in countless reports, requests for proposals and policy briefings. Incorrect diagnosis affects millions of people every day.
The state of the art requires the application of complex, specialised re-agents and take longer than a standard 10 minute GP appointment. To be effective, such a device must be administered and report results in less than 5 minutes.
The Rapifage team have designed a process to achieve sub-minute times to discern between bacterial and viral infections, allowing prescriptions to take place during GP consultations. This for the first time uses a novel phage-based diagnostic, which requires no complex preparation or expertise to read. It is so simple, doctors are not even needed to administer it. They are currently developing further proof of concept at the University of Warwick.