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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #431
Program Date: 11/03/2011
Program Category: Health and Medicine, Nanotechnology

ACAMP: NanoSpeed Diagnostics Trials Vitamin D Test

A deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to several health problems, including cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s.

Vitamin D deficiency is rampant across North America but patients can wait weeks to have tests confirmed by their doctors.

Now thanks to a new test developed by NanoSpeed Diagnostics Inc of Edmonton, that wait time is reduced to ten minutes.

Company president Dr. Seema Gupta explains.

DR. SEEMA GUPTA: It is similar to the pregnancy test. Pregnancy test is done in urine, but this test will be done in blood. So you just require a drop of blood from your finger. It’s a very small kit. It’s like just a test strip and then there is a dropper which you use to take a drop of the blood from your finger. And then there is another small dropper bottle and you just put six drops of the solution that’s in the dropper bottle, wait for ten minutes, and it shows you whether you are deficient in Vitamin D or you’re not.

According to Dr. Seema Gupta, clinical trials are underway. But once approved for sale, Test4D will significantly reduce the cost of testing for Vitamin D deficiency.

Thanks today to ACAMP and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

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