Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Technology Firm Hoping to Change Lives in India; Trade Mission

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Technology Firm Hoping to Change Lives in India; Trade Mission

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Byline: graeme whitfield

ANORTH East technology firm is hoping to transform lives in India after joining Prime Minister Theresa May on a trade mission to the country.

Elaine Warburton, from Newcastle medical devices firm QuantumDX, was selected to join the mission where Mrs May is aiming to boost British trade in new markets as the UK readies itself for Brexit.

QuantumDX makes handheld devices that can diagnose diseases in the developing world, with its Q-Poc device being hotly-tipped as an important weapon in the fight against malaria, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases.

Ms Warburton said she hoped the trip would open new relationships with health ministries, hospitals and both public and private laboratories in India, where it is carrying out small-scale trials with a genotyping device.

The trip is QuantumDX's third overseas trade mission, following trips to USA and Japan, but the first accompanying a Prime Minister.

Ms Warburton said: "QuantuMDx has grown from a team of three entrepreneurs working out of a makeshift garage lab to a life sciences company with over 70 staff that is now recognised for its innovations on the global stage.

"The environment provided by the North East has undoubtly contributed to our success, providing the perfect mix of industry, universities, and scientific facilities to help catalyse our growth. Looking to the future, we are excited to be partnered with a number of high-profile organisations enabling us to ramp-up the development of our world-changing handheld diagnostic device Q-POC.

"The World Health Organisation has identified India as the country with the highest burden of tuberculosis, for this reason it is an incredibly important market for us. In 2013, India accounted for 1m of the 3m TB cases missed by healthcare systems globally.

"Part of the problem is that roughly 67% of India's population lives in rural areas, where healthcare facilities are difficult to access or simply non-existent. …

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