07 November 2012 ‘Lab on Chip’ promises faster, more accurate TB detection ‘Lab on Chip’ promises faster, more accurate TB diagnosis Medical electronics firm Veredus Laboratories has launched a new molecular diagnostic chip capable of quickly and accurately detecting tuberculosis. While conventional methods of detecting the disease can take up to eight weeks, the new 'Lab on Chip' uses technology from STMicroelectronics to complete the diagnosis and identify the specific mycobacterium causing the infection in less than three hours. "In 2011, 8.7million people were diagnosed with TB and 1.4m people died from the disease," said Veredus ceo Dr Rosemary Tan. "We believe VereMTB fulfills a crucial need in the timely diagnosis of TB and its multi drug resistance, thus ensuring proper treatment." The VereMTB chip has been clinically tested in five countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. It is now undergoing further evaluations in China. Author Laura Hopperton Comment on this article Websites http://www.st.com/http://www.vereduslabs.com/ Companies STMicroelectronics NV This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.