Research | European project to diagnose allergy to penicillin and related antibiotics
The Universitat Politècnica de València (Polytechnic University of Valencia, UPV) is at the helm of a new Horizon2020 research project to develop a low-cost biophotonic device that can detect drug allergies within 30 minutes. Going by the acronym “Cobiophad”, short for Compact Biophotonic Platform for Drug Allergy Diagnosis, it also receives funding from the European Technology Platform Photonics 21.
The project will focus on the diagnosis of allergies to the beta-lactam antibiotic group, which includes penicillin, amoxicillin and cephalosporins and is the most prevalent drug allergy in Europe.
Project coordinator and researcher at the UPV’s Interuniveristy Research Institute for Molecular Recognition and Technological Development (IDM), Ángel Maquieira explains: “Current tests for drug allergies mainly take the form of in vivo testing and, although in vitro methods do already exist, they are not especially sensitive and can lead to imprecise diagnoses. They also analyse few allergens, are slow, taking between one and three hours, and expensive, costing around €30 per allergen”.
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