Microbial pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, are responsible for millions of deaths a year. During the last century, the fight to control infectious disease met with numerous successes, including the eradication of smallpox, and the near elimination of measles, mumps, and tetanus. But viral epidemics and pandemics still occur, impacting the lives and economies of nations.
PINPOINT: A BREAKTHROUGH CHANGE AGENT
Pinpoint Science, a Northern California healthcare technology startup, envisioned a more effective solution for point of care testing and diagnostics—an easy to use, portable reader and plug-in cartridge, armed with an advanced nanosensor. As an agent for change, the device could quickly detect biomarkers, such as antibodies and antigens, and rapidly identify the specific microbial pathogens responsible for causing sickness and death. Equipped with disposable, targeted pathogen detection cartridges, the reader would generate precise results in the field, with no lab, medical technicians, or sample prep needed.
The science underlying Pinpoint’s nanosensor technology diagnostics was developed by Pinpoint’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Nader Pourmand, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz.
“We are developing a low cost, high speed portable screening test that can be rapidly deployed as a critical weapon to address emerging global disease threats."
CEO, Pinpoint Science