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Taking a Look at a Concussion Breakthrough

Concussions and their long-term effects are a hot-button issue in football.

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Quanterix, a diagnostics company in Lexington, MA, has developed a device called Simoa (Singular Molecule Array Technology) that can access previously undetectable proteins.
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The ground-breaking technology can determine if a person has medical issues such as a concussion by using a blood test that yields results in 45 minutes.
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Blood samples are placed into a test tube inside the Simoa device.
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A Quanterix employee demonstrates how the sensitive technology can detect proteins so small the company says it’s equivalent to finding a grain of sand in 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
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Lab technicians put 500,000 beads into a sample of blood and place them on disks. Simoa then works to determine the concentration of a particular protein.
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The technology can see molecular structures before symptoms show up. Quanterix has 50 protein tests available and is aiming to have a total of 80 by the end of the year.
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The company is at the forefront of cancer research and is also focusing on cardiology and neurology. The aim is to change the way doctors treat patients for heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
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Quanterix President Kevin Hrusovsky hopes to not only cut down the Simoa blood test time to 20 minutes but also wants to make the devices handheld, allowing them to be placed in doctor’s offices and on football sidelines.
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