miacom diagnostics specializes on the development and production of medical tests for the detection of acute infectious diseases. The company with headquarters in Duesseldorf, Germany, was founded in 2006 based on the vision of developing faster and better diagnostic methods than currently available to the healthcare system. New diagnostic tests, delivering precise information on an infection's causative agent faster and with higher precision, can reduce the morbidity and mortality for many patients. In addition to its existing sepsis kits miacom, diagnostics is now presenting a further CE-marked product based on the same proprietary technology. It is targeted at the rapid detection of clinically most relevant pneumonia causing pathogens. The lucesco pneumonia I test simultaneously detects the twelve most important gram-negative bacteria. In as little as 40 minutes a physician may know what he and the patient are fighting against - one to two days earlier than current tests allow. The fast test results significantly increase the chances for a targeted and successful treatment. Detection is performed directly on respiratory secretions, eliminating the hitherto required tedious culturing of pathogens.
Pneumonia is the most common serious infectious disease with a fatal outcome in Western Europe. Especially older people, children, people with a weakened immune system, and mechanically ventilated patients are at risk. Estimates suggest that approx. three to four million people worldwide die of pneumonia every year. In Germany alone, some 200,000 people contract pneumonia every year. In hospitals, especially in intensive care units, pneumonia is the most common acquired infectious disease. With the new lucesco pneumonia I test the most important bacteria, e.g. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae or Escherichia coli can now be identified directly in just 40 minutes, without requiring a culture from respiratory specimen such as sputum, tracheal or bronchial secretions and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.