LONDON, Jan. 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Flex Fuels Energy, Inc. ("Flex" or the "Company") (OTCBB:FXFL) announces an update on progress at its 63% owned subsidiary, BioAMD Holdings Limited ("Bio-AMD").
Bio-AMD is targeting its medical diagnostic device technologies at the fast growing global Point of Care ("PoC") market. Independent research indicates the PoC market was expected to have grown to $5.5bn annually (excluding blood glucose testing) by the end of 2010, and to grow at an average rate of over 10% per annum through to 2014, with particularly strong growth in the areas of infectious diseases, cardiac and cancer markers.
Since the last update on August 23, 2010, considerable progress has been made in advancing Bio-AMD's three core technologies into near market-ready products.
DSR (Digital Strip Reader)
A full prototype reader has been developed and initial tests for digital pregnancy testing have proven successful. Bio-AMD has engaged with a third party manufacturer / distributor ("Manufacturer") to further commercialise the DSR application into pregnancy testing. The Manufacturer has supplied pregnancy test strips which have been successfully read by Bio-AMD's technology. Further testing in conjunction with the Manufacturer is expected during the course of early 2011. Bio-AMD has entered into an Intellectual Property agreement with the Manufacturer to protect their respective technologies.
Confidentiality agreements have also been entered into with a further three companies based in Europe and one in the U.S. with the intention of exploring DSR applications other than pregnancy, including cholesterol testing, fertility and ovulation.
Despite cutbacks in government funding generally in the UK, Bio-AMD is pleased to report that it has attracted an Eco-Innovation grant funded by the European Union. This grant allows Bio-AMD to receive consultancy input to assess the ecological impact of its DSR product, providing valuable resource and marketing data.
COAG (ProthrombinTime – Blood Coagulation Monitor)
Bio-AMD and the Manufacturer have also proceeded with the joint development of a COAG device utilising a novel detection assembly, electronics and a customized test strip.
A supplier has been engaged to fabricate a revised prototype magnetic drive incorporating new, miniaturized electro-magnetic components. It is anticipated that the prototype strip will be fabricated using a rapid prototyping technique to facilitate a rapid development cycle with minimum inter-revision lead-time.
MPR (Magnetic Particle Reader)
Bio-AMD has entered into discussion with a UK government backed research body with a view to establishing a collaboration agreement to develop its technology. If entered into, such a collaborative effort would significantly enhance the profile of this development work. It is expected to provide Bio-AMD with unrivalled access to additional expertise in the areas of nanotechnology and nanoparticle manipulation. The development of "lab-on-chip" devices for microfluidic based diagnostics coupled with MPR technology is expected to lead to a versatile technology enabling the miniaturisation of complex body fluids handling and fully quantitative measurement by way of integrated magnetic detection.
Bio-AMD is currently in the process of applying for various development grants available in the UK to help fund the costs of feasibility studies and to take the MPR to the next stage of development.
More information on Bio-AMD's technologies and its target market is available at .
Nasser Djennati, Managing Director of Bio-AMD, said, "I am extremely pleased with the progress and achievement that we have made in a relatively short amount of time. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure that our technologies and products are successful and come to market. This is an exciting time for Bio-AMD."
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