Conference Addresses Technological Challenges in Developing Affordable In-Vitro Molecular DiagnosticsDecember 16, 2011 – 12:33 am
The International Conference on Technological Challenges in Developing Affordable In-Vitro Molecular Diagnostics will be held from 11 to 14 March 2012 in Navi Mumbai, India. The conference aims to assess the needs and priorities in the area of IVDs and identify major hurdles in developing novel, rapid and indigenous cost-effective diagnostics for diseases prevalent in developing countries.
Today, molecular diagnostics makes up just 5% of the IVD market, but it is the fastest growing segment. According to a report titled Global In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Market Trends and Future Forecast (2009 – 2014), the market share of molecular diagnostics will reach approximately 18% by 2014.
In India, molecular diagnostics has grown in waves. Molecular diagnostic tools were first used for the detection of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr virus and so forth. Blood screening was the next phase, while the current generation of tools, enabled by poymerase chain reaction technology, encompasses pharmacogenomic, predictive and genetic testing and companion diagnostics.
DNA diagnostics, in particular, is poised for steady growth.
The conference is jointly organised by the MGM University of Health Sciences, Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility and Yashraj Research Foundation, Mumbai.