Situation:

At the time, the method used by the customer to determine the micronutritional state of a given population employed individual ELISA kits targeting five unique biomarkers. These included AGP, CRP, Ferritin, sTfR, and RBP-4. This process was very costly and required a great deal of time and sample to generate the required biomarker data to make informed decisions. The high resource burden associated with these current methods limited many LMICs in their ability to determine the prevalence of nutritional deficiencies within their populations, plan targeted nutritional interventions, and track the effects of such efforts.

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Situation:

Aviir’s lab derived test was designed such that a subset of the 7 biomarkers was measured on the MSD multiplex platform and the remaining biomarkers were assessed on the Luminex multiplex platform. Over time, the high costs, license fees and bridging issues associated with these two platforms lead AVIIR to look for a replacement technology that could measure all 7 biomarkers in a single assay.

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Situation:

SFU was actively researching the effects of psychosocial, energetic, and environmental, challenges on growth, development, reproduction, and health of women in Guatemala. Urine samples were being tested using clinical ELISAs for each biomarker. This process not only incurred the significant expenses of personnel time, tests, reagents, and consumables, but it also required larger sample quantities which increased the storage and transportation costs.

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