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Nanobiosym Pilot: Optimization and Evaluation of Gene-RADAR Nanotech Platform Point-of-Care HIV Diagnostic Device Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission in Rwanda

The Nanobiosym Gene-RADAR nanotechnology platform enables rapid, accurate, mobile, gold-standard viral load monitoring at the point-of-care at an affordable cost. In collaboration with Partners in Health in Rwanda, Nanobiosym will deliver, pilot, and evaluate Gene-RADAR, to provide early detection of HIV and demonstrate the eradication of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) through its mobile health applications. In combination with timely antiretroviral therapy (ART) this platform could save thousands of young Rwandan lives. Nanobiosym's Gene-RADAR nanodiagnostic enables real-time analysis of genetic fingerprints contained in a drop of blood or saliva, as well as the first-of-its-kind capability to quantify the HIV viral load in a field setting at an affordable price. Its ability to measure viral load during gestation, delivery, and post-partum in mothers and infants will enable earlier detection and customization of ART in real time, eliminating the need for costly and resource intensive lab infrastructure. By calibrating ART and routinely monitoring viral load, Gene-RADAR will enable doctors in the developing world to screen, customize, and adjust the dosing regimen for maximum impact on MTCT.

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