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ALFC 2019: how the industry and thinking evolved in a year

Last month the key players in the lateral flow sector gathered in California to discuss the latest developments and innovations in point of care diagnostics – and Bond Digital Health was among them.

The Advanced Lateral Flow Course (ALFC) 2019 was hosted by DCN Diagnostics and QIAGEN in San Diego. Described as “the premier event for the lateral flow industry”, the three-day seminar was a unique blend of technical education, practical interactive teaching, dialogue and networking.

Bond was not only a sponsor and exhibitor, but also took part in a Q&A session on mobile diagnostics. Phil Groom, Bond’s commercial director, shared the stage with Christian Fischer-Rasokat of QIAGEN Lake Constance. Phil shared our knowledge of mobile diagnostics and data capture as well as our insights into navigating the complex world of medical regulation.

The session was a first in the event’s programme demonstrating the increasing importance of digital technology in the new generation of digitally-assisted diagnostics. It also showed that diagnostic companies are starting to realise the immense value of the data their point-of-care tests produce. Very few companies are able to offer the level of expertise Bond has when it comes to regulations and compliance in software for medical devices (SaMD).

Phil Groom said: “People really are excited about the richness of the data that can be gathered from lateral flow assays and its value. I think it’s something that many companies haven’t properly considered but, as we have said many times, the value of the data could ultimately outweigh the value of the revenue from tests.”

We also used the event to launch Transform – our end-to-end digital platform with wireless connectivity that transforms traditional lateral flow assays and readers into digitally connected ecosystems with real-time shareable data at the heart of it.

We know Transform will be a game changer for a number of reasons. Firstly, there’s nothing like it available on the market and secondly, the industry is crying out for this kind of innovation. Discussions we have had with our partners and the significant interest we had from this year’s delegates confirm that demand keeps growing.

Dave Taylor, Bond’s chief operating officer, said: “Last year’s event was a huge success for us, giving us valuable insight and leading to new collaborations and partnerships. This year we were more certain of our place in the market and the value we add to the sector. As the only company in the lateral flow space offering bespoke digital solutions, we were proud to return to ALFC to showcase our improved technology and to demonstrate our expertise.

“The event far exceeded our expectations. There were some fantastic presentations, quite a few of which had insightful new information that we found very useful. We cemented our relationships with existing clients and had some really good meetings with new clients, leaving with a number of significant leads.”
You can read more about Transform here.