The IDIBELL and Bellvitge University Hospital researcher Joan Sabater, in collaboration with the Loop Dx start-up, of the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies (CIMTI), has obtained € 100,000 of funding from the aid Product of the AGAUR agency of the Government of Catalonia. These aids are used to obtain prototypes and for the valuation and transfer of research results generated by research teams in Catalonia.
The SeptiLoop project consists in the development of a rapid diagnosis kit for sepsis. The product identifies bacterial infections by analyzing the biological activity of immune cells in the blood. This diagnostic tool helps emergency doctors make better clinical decisions and optimize the management of sepsis. The project leader is Dr Enrique Hernández.
Sepsis or septicemia is a serious medical condition, caused by a fulminant immune response to an infection. In this process, the body releases immune chemicals into the blood to fight the infection. These substances trigger a generalized inflammation. Sepsis is one of the biggest challenges for hospitals, since it represents one of the main causes of death.
The Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies in Catalonia (CIMTI.cat) is an initiative that seeks to improve, at the country level, the rate of transformation of scientific research into innovation. The CIMTI is focused on generating high impact in the field of health and social, based on developing disruptive and incremental initiatives of international scope, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of citizens and the positioning of Catalonia in terms of innovation in the European context.
SeptiLoop receives the support of the Secretariat of Universities and Research of the Department of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia (2018 PROD 00121). It also has the institutional support of the CERCA Program / Government of Catalonia. The project has been co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).