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Molecular and Point-of-Care Diagnostics: Technologies, Disease Areas, and Emerging Trends

Held in conjunction with Point-of-Care Diagnostics World Congress

17 Sep 2014, at 16:30-19:30 in San Diego, California, USA


Molecular and Point-of-Care Diagnostics:  Technology Trends and Applications Analysis

Dr. Oosta's research interest centers around the analysis of large data sets to understand patterns in research and commercial activity.  In this training course, Dr. Oosta presents a detailed analysis of a number of research spaces with the perspective of illustrating research trends, but more importantly describing current commercial activities as well as areas [niches] of market opportunity for companies contemplating entry into specific fields.

The following areas will be addressed in this training course:

  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Point-of-Care Diagnostics
  • Cancer Biomarkers
  • Exosomes
  • Single Cell Analysis

For these areas, not only will we provide an analysis of the academic research and publications activity, but also a synopsis of research areas/niches gaining momentum and thereby highlighting potential areas of market opportunity.

Point-of-Care (PoC) is typically defined as rapid testing that is provided near to the patient in their home, hospital bed, emergency room, operating room, dental chair and similar locations.   The PoC area appears to be experiencing a renaissance.   In this presentation, we will explore the drivers and drags on Point-of-Care testing.

To discover the drivers and drags in PoC, we analyzed trends in publication activity found in a carefully chosen database of Point-of-Care papers/abstracts from PubMed.  Trends were discovered by segmenting the database into materials, technology and product segments using well-chosen keywords, text clustering and adjacent (adjective) word analysis.  The process allows us to discover things that ARE going on today.   In a short introductory segment, we will discuss DIY-Technology Analysis, a special interest of the author.

The publication rate in Point-of-Care database shows an area experiencing newly resurgent growth for the last few years.   Segmentation of the database into nearly 200 segments and measurement of the publication slope in 2013-2010 reveals that driver segments include the following keywords: assay, ultrasound, microfluidic, immunoassay, HIV, biomarkers and sensors.   Selected middle range drivers in include: tuberculosis, biosensor, infectious disease, cell phones, malaria and decision support.   A few dragging segments include drug discovery, computer, compliance, dementia, flu and cardiovascular.  

Segments do not exist completely separately.  They interact as parts of assays, technologies etc.   We measure the interaction by constructing a HotSpot Map™.   The color coded HotSpot Map indicates areas where technology research has been concentrated and other areas where opportunities exist.   In POC, opportunities seem to be abundant.  The map will be presented as part of the course.

The Point-of-Care (POC) area is an interesting amalgam of several other areas that has been following.   We will interrogate some of our other area databases to extend our analysis of the POC database and present some selected results at this talk.

The process we use provides a unique look at a newly resurgent area, POC.  It is scalable, reproducible, contains no interviewee biases and is data driven.  The process is rarely used in corporations or universities, but when it is used well, it confers a strong competitive advantage to prepared users.

All course delegates will receive electronic copies of the PowerPoint slides utilized during the presentation, and the presentations will offer value in terms of pinpointing "spaces of opportunity" in each of the segments addressed.  Ideally suited for companies contemplating entry into these fields.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the Methodologies for Analyzing Academic Publications en masse
  • Pinpoint Specific Areas of Market Opportunity based on Publications: Research Applications as well as Diagnostics and Therapeutics Opportunities
  • Review of Technologies Gaining Acceptance in Specific Segments
  • Excellent Opportunity to Ask Questions and Network with Your Fellow Delegates

Who Should Attend

  • Industry Researchers Seeking to Benchmark Their Current Research Projects
  • Business Development and Technology Officers Seeking the Most Up-to-Date Analysis of Life Science Research and Opportunities, and Potential Value of their Internal Research Efforts

Gary Oosta

Gary Oosta, Founder, Emerging Technology Insights