When combined with the magic powers of the cloud and data aggregation & analytics, lateral flow is a solution that can help government organisations worldwide better monitor and control infectious disease outbreaks (Ebola, Malaria, Bovine TB) and improve understanding and treatment of chronic conditions like diabetes and lung disease to name a few.
Digital technology is one of the pivotal factors driving the evolution of the lateral flow market which is expected to reach USD 8.7 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 7.7%. Bond is the only company in the world specialising in digital solutions for lateral flow that enable this growing industry to deliver on its potential.
“Why do you need connectivity? Plugging a test or a device into a laptop might have been the way five years ago, but now consumers are increasingly demanding wireless technology. Consumer demand means the industry has to deliver. Every test we deal with has an algorithm involved, or machine learning, or AI. If you are doing that, you need to put it somewhere – either in the app or the cloud. But if you are to implement and utilise machine learning, you need connectivity. It’s unavoidable - the industry is demanding it. I think we will look back in five years’ time and wonder how we ever managed by writing things down and plugging things in.”
Most people are familiar with lateral flow diagnostics as the home pregnancy test which is one of the most widely used lateral flow tests in the world. The technology behind lateral flow is low-cost, simple, rapid and portable, making it widely applicable across multiple sectors like biomedicine, agriculture, food and environmental sciences. At this annual event, there will be talks from industry experts on aspects like new technology developments, materials, equipment and the latest advances in digital connectivity and digital technology.
Russell Hicks has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Cardiff University and was previously chief technology officer at a mobile app development agency. He has more than a decade of experience in web technology and mobile application development, with a special interest in Android app development, and is passionate about code quality and developing robust and secure digital solutions.
“Data is the new oil, but it is only valuable if it's refined. Recent advances in science and technology mean vast amounts of patient data are being generated on a daily basis, and you need artificial intelligence and machine learning to cope with it and make sense of it.