Date:09 September, 2013

AlphaKit Quickscreen

The AlphaKit Quickscreen device was announced at the European Respiratory Society 2013 Congress in Barcelona.  The testing device was developed by scientists working for Grifols.  

The device is a quick way for physicians and healthcare providers to screen patients with COPD for Alpha-1. The Quickscreen requires a few drops of blood to detect the presence of the Z protein that is responsible for most severe Alpha-1 cases.  The result is available within 15 minutes.  It is anticipated that the kit will be available in several European countries in early 2014.

Our patron Professor Sabina Janciauskiene was instrumental in developing the biochemistry behind this new rapid and cheap way of diagnosing the presence of the Z allele.