Technology

Rapid Diagnosis and Monitoring

Causeway Sensors’ solution addresses the global problem of antibiotic resistance, which, according to the World Health Organisation, is at dangerously high levels and is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. The Company are developing a novel method of distinguishing between a viral and bacterial infection in a real-time point-of-care setting, enabling rapid diagnosis of diseases and a reduction in the ineffective use of antibiotics for viral infections.

Healthcare Diagnostics & Sepsis

Infectious disease can be caused by a range of different microbes (bacteria, virus, fungus or parasite). Rapid and accurate identification of the infectious organism can lead to a more targeted and effective treatment protocols. This is especially important in Sepsis - with each hour that passes, a septic patient on incorrect treatment has around an 8% higher chance of dying. Sepsis caused by viral infections do not respond to antibiotics; whilst they are the therapy of choice for sepsis caused by bacterial infections. 

 

The Problem

Rapid detection of clinically relevant pathogens and biomarkers from biological samples is a critical step in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Current hospital practices often require longwinded and labour intensive processes, leading to a delayed or even incorrect diagnosis.

 

The Causeway Solution

Causeway Sensors are developing a novel method of distinguishing between a viral and bacterial infection in a real-time point-of-care setting, enabling rapid diagnosis of diseases and a reduction in the ineffective use of antibiotics for viral infections.

“Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat. If we don't act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years time and die of an ordinary infection that can't be treated by antibiotics.”

Professor Dame Sally DaviesEngland's Chief Medical Officer