Location: United States
The blood test will only require a pea-sized blood sample taken from a finger. The test will be made available at retail pharmacies for ease.
Traditionally, a diagnostic blood sample requires travelling to a location for a phlebotomist to draw tubes of blood from a vein. There can be waits, the process has costs due to involvement of specially trained health professionals, and causes some people anxiety.
Babson Diagnostics is developing a diagnostic blood test with the aim for it to be made available at retail pharmacies. The test only requires a drop of blood from a finger and can be performed by any trained healthcare worker. There will be no surprise costs as the test will be paid for upfront, the ease of access and small sample size required will make it a more pleasant experience than traditional blood tests.
The test is designed to extract 35% more data while reducing sample waste by 93%. Effectively, this means less blood is required to get accurate and useable results. The results are sent securely to the patient and doctor same-day or next-day. In September, Babson Diagnostics closed $13.7 million in cumulative Series A funding to advance the development of their blood test.