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Mast cell activation tests (MAT): from an innovative diagnostic to the expansion of a service facility.
Drug hypersensitivity constitutes a significant health problem with serious consequences of both mis- and overdiagnosis. nfortunately, correct diagnosis of drug hypersensitivity can pose significant challenges, mainly because of our knowledge gaps in the molecular and pathophysiological processes underlying immediate and non-immediate drug hypersensitivity reactions but also, most importantly, because of the unavailability of reliable in vitro tests and uncertainties associated with skin testing 1-3. This "proof-of-concept project" is an apex of our ongoing overarching research on the cellular processes, pathophysiology and diagnosis of immediate drug hypersensitivity reactions resulting from mast cell and basophil degranulation 1-30. Likely, this project will deepen our insights and shift paradigms in the mechanisms that govern mast cell degranulation finally culminating in immediate drug hypersensitivity reactions. However, our proposal primarily focuses on i) the confirmation of our innovative MAT (mast cell activation test) to be a performant diagnostic and ii) to expand capacity of our service platform to offer these tests to colleagues and industry. With respect to the valorisation, this POC-proposal should promote our services and offering our MAT (amongst other diagnostics) to more colleagues and industry. Today, our laboratory has already created a restricted service platform. In other words, this POC-project will not restrict to confirmation of the MAT, but will also invest, via several initiatives, in the expansion and promotion of our services (inter)nationally, application for a full patent, and in the set-up of a business model. In this context, communication of the data, analyses of demands and market studies are critical. Clearly, the potential of the MAT, which we already filed a priority application for and necessitates only patients' sera, is broad. Moreover, preliminary results from our market analysis, and the potential of additional indications, could result in industrial interest and the creation of a spin-off.
Date:1 Sep 2020 → Today