Friday 20 April 2018

Cork medical device company finished top in space race

ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang at the International Space Station
ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang at the International Space Station
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

A CORK medical device company has signed another lucrative deal with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop blood testing kits for use by astronauts.

This is the second deal signed by Bishopstown, Cork-based Radisens Diagnostics and the European Space Agency, valued at €1m.

The two first began working together in 2011.

The deal will see Radisens expand the blood testing menu of its device, which analyses blood samples on the spot, meaning sending samples or data off to a lab is no longer necessary – ideal for astronauts. All that's required from the user is a pin-prick of blood.

The device could be used on board the International Space Station (ISS) and on various human spaceflight missions.

"Performing rapid analysis of astronauts' blood samples and monitoring their physiological parameters onboard the ISS without having to download the samples from the ISS to the ground laboratories is a feature with utmost interest," said the European Space Agency's technical officer Francois Gaubert.

The device also holds potential back on earth.

It could allow doctors and nurses to perform on-the-spot blood test analysis on patients, reducing the cost and time associated with blood tests.

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