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Assay Able To Detect Neuron Damage In Blood May Serve As Early Ms Diagnostic Tool

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS NEWS TODAY

Quanterix and UmanDiagnostics are working to advance an assay capable of detecting neuron damage in a blood sample — a tool that could aid in the early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurodegenerative conditions.

The collaboration brings Quanterix’ Simoa technology together with Uman’s antibodies against neurofilament light (Nf-L) — a marker of nerve cell degeneration. In early disease stages, the factor is found in extremely low concentrations in the blood, a reason it hasn’t been used until now. The assay is ultrasensitive, Quanterix reported, and able to get around that problem.