recent launch of the indigenously developed antibody
detection kit marks a major milestone in the fight against
filariasis. Over one third of the endemic population
resides in India. The imported kits available in the
market were not only expensive but were species specific,
inapplicable on children below 10 years, and time consuming
in administration. ]
may well become history with the launch of the filarial
diagnostic kit developed by Prof. P Kaliraj, Centre
for Biotechnology, Anna University and his team in
collaboration with Gujarat-based Span Diagnostics.
Costing just Rs. 40, the kit can be used to test blood
samples anytime of the day and can detect the presence
of infections in just three minutes.
kit uses the anti-filarial antibody detection method
considered to be the most sensitive and accurate way
of diagnosing filariasis. The technology transfer
of this rapid, antibody-based diagnostic kit “Signal-MF”
was facilitated by DBT for commercialization. The
kit has a good market in Africa, Asia, Central and
South America where filariasis is common.