SARS-CoV-2 Vascular & Multi-System Dysfunction Whitepaper
30 June 2021
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COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. While many of whom become infected by the disease will experience mild to moderate cold or flu-like symptoms, those with health complications – such as autoimmune diseases, asthma, heart disease and diabetes – are at risk of developing serious illness and adverse outcomes.
As of September 2021, over 228 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with an estimated one in six patients experiencing complications which could be life threatening, with over £116 billion spent by the UK government alone on measures to combat the disease. This drastic spending has been mirrored across the globe, with the significant economic burden expected to be suffered for generations to come.
The whitepaper provides a brief overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, before discussing vascular abnormalities and associated complications brought on by the virus, such as multi-system disfunction, acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS) and hepatic, renal & cardiovascular function.
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Cross Border Collaboration delivers International Award for High Design Quality: Randox Discovery, The Benchtop Lab receives Red Dot Design Award
The Randox Discovery, an exciting and unique diagnostic analyser which can consolidate molecular and immunoassay testing on one compact benchtop platform, has received the 2021 Red Dot Award for High Design Quality.
Red Dot, which has become established as one of the top profile product design awards has roots dating back as far as 1955 and determines the best products created each year. Recognised as one of the largest global product competitions for innovation excellence, this sought-after seal for quality design attracts submissions from over 50 countries, across 49 different categories including medical devices and technology.
Dr Stuart Jackson, Randox Project Design Engineer, commented;
“Randox are delighted to have achieved the Red Dot design award, the culmination of five years of development and coordination of engineering design teams spanning two continents. The Discovery is a particularly unique innovation capable of automating Randox Biochip molecular diagnostics assays, from sample lysis and end-point PCR to multiplexing detection, with accessibility and ease-of-use at the forefront of the design.”
Dolmen were briefed by the Randox team to develop a creative and dynamic way to showcase the cutting-edge inner workings of the Discovery. Essentially, to turn the magic of the machine into a piece of theatre; not just a tool, but the centre of attention, a focal point for the lab that has excellent usability and accessibility throughout. Dolmen and Randox collaborated closely to deliver a revolutionary instrument that, amongst its many abilities, is a COVID-19 diagnostic analyser that is the first of its kind.
Chris Murphy, CEO and Design Director, Dolmen Design and Innovation, commented;
“We are delighted that our collaboration with Randox has delivered another Red Dot design award for our team. Randox as a team truly value the power of design and how it can deliver better outcomes for end users. It is also wonderful to see our designs delivering positive change at the frontline of the COVID pandemic. This project was hugely collaborative, and we look forward to more collaborations in the future.”
What makes the Discovery special is its ability to conduct the full testing process, inclusive of sample preparation techniques such as extraction, purification, amplification and detection, in one highly intelligent, fully integrated space. The preparation of COVID-19 samples before testing was once lengthy and time-consuming, requiring a separate, sterilized laboratory for each stage, but can now be conducted on-board and by the fully automated Discovery platform, allowing a single operator to run multiple molecular tests simultaneously.
Combining almost 40 years of diagnostics into one platform, bringing multiple labs into one the COVID-19 diagnostic analyser is the first of its kind to combine sample preparation techniques and Biochip Technology.
Professor Dr. Peter Zec, Red Dot CEO, commented;
“The winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 were particularly impressive this year. The design of their products is excellent, in terms of both the aesthetic and the functionality. It’s not easy to prevail in such a strong field of competitors and to win over our jury. Consequently, I want to congratulate the laureates very sincerely on their success.”
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