Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Workshop on Dengue and Zika diagnostics innovations

2 - 4 May 2017, Les Pensières, Veyrier-du-Lac (France)

The purpose of this workshop is to review novel technologies to determine if they can be applied to these Aedes-transmitted arboviruses, to identify which characteristics should be prioritized, how to meet regulatory requirements, and how to move from innovation to market.

Despite advances in diagnostics for flaviviral infections, there is a critical need for more sensitive, specific, easy to use and affordable tests for point of care (POC) diagnosis, multiplex virologic and serologic assays to differentiate co-circulating viruses of public health significance, eg, dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya, and methods for viral quantification and genomic characterization. New diagnostic methods continue to be innovated, such as microfluidics, paper-based diagnostics, chip-based systems, micro- and nanofabrication technologies, deep sequencing, among others.