This is the future of diagnostics
It’s a hotly debated issue in the medical community: “the future of diagnostics”. An uncertain subject with a changeable nature. But just because the road ahead is not yet fully mapped out doesn’t mean we can’t philosophize about it. And so our own Head of Research and Science Ernst Lindhout recently held a survey among colleagues and other peers to see where our field might be heading. And to be able to anticipate that which may await us…
These are IVD products
IVD products; working with them is daily business for us. The term is regularly used in meetings, in the corridors of our building and on our website. But people from outside the company sometimes ask us: what exactly do you mean by ‘IVD’? Time for a clarification. In this blog, we will explain what IVD products are, what you can do with them and why their development is so important for global healthcare.
The importance of companion diagnostics in personalised medicine
Paracetamol is a godsend for many. However, for many types of pain, this medicine does not work. But not to worry. You can cheaply get a pack of ibuprofen that will probably do the trick. But what if the drug you initially wanted costs thousands of euros per treatment? Then it is important to know in advance: Is this really the best medicine? Companion diagnostics predict the applicability of a drug to a specific person. This saves time, money and often a lot of unnecessary discomfort or suffering.
Immune test or PCR test
Where our field used to be a rather unknown and unpopular world for our friends, family or strangers, the subject of testing has gained a lot of popular interest lately. But even though the advent of COVID-19 has made our daily work suddenly more exciting for everyone, it remains a difficult topic. After all, whether it concerns a test in a test lane or a home test, it’s difficult to understand how they work. In this blog we explain it all.
Sensitivity and specificity
Suppose you buy a home test. No home test is the same, so how reliable is the one you just bought? What is the probability of a false positive or false negative result? This is important to know, especially with diagnostic tests. To answer that question, several aspects need to be taken into account, in particular, sensitivity and specificity. Let us explain how exactly this works.
The different areas of immunoassays
Be it for determining a Vitamin-D deficiency or the presence of COVID-19 or hiv in clinical specimens; there are immunoassays for measuring each of these specific biomarkers. This blog provides an overview of the different immunoassays present in the current market.
The process from A to Z
IVD product development is a delicate and complex procedure. Only by using the purest of products, highly skilled professionals and effective communication do we reach the optimal product development process. Since we take pride in our in-house processes, we are more than pleased to present to you a closer look behind the doors of our facility on the comprehensive overview of product development at Future Diagnostics: the process from A to Z.
Verification and validation; the differences
The terms verification and validation are often mixed up; the meanings being often accidentally interchanged or just used for the same purpose. But when overviewing the processes of product verification and validation at our facilities it is noticeable how content and application are similar, but the reasons behind the applications clearly differ.
The importance of good products and skilled experts
Quality over quantity, a well-renowned philosophy embraced by many companies, remains part of our key values. Whereas others may not be necessarily obliged to stick to this motto, for us, maintaining the highest standard in product quality for excipients and know-how of the professionals working in our line of work is absolutey vital. Again, choosing quality is not always cheap. In this blog you will learn why we will never deviate from our culture of always going for the best products and professionals.