Real-time & fully-automated microbiology laboratory system
Pocared is developing a real-time, fully automated laboratory system for the microbiology market – a segment that has been overlooked technologically for many years. Current microbiology practice, bacteria culturing, is an expensive, labor-intensive, time-consuming process. Today, physicians have to wait 48-72 hours to receive the necessary information to prescribe evidence-based treatment. Consequently, physicians over-prescribe antibiotics, the direct result of which is an alarming increase in bacteria resistance to antibiotics.
Pocared proposes a wholly different approach for microbiological diagnosis. Pocared's optical technology can directly identify organisms, down to the species-level, in real-time – obsoleting the need for bacteria culturing. This approach introduces a new level of performance, offering high-throughput and gold standard accuracy. In addition, with Pocared's system, physicians will be able to prescribe antibiotics only when necessary, and to choose the most suitable and effective antibiotic. These will not only improve clinical outcomes, but significantly reduce healthcare expenditures.
The company's testing platform is designed to analyze different types of specimens, including urine, swabs, sputum, blood and CSF. The first application to be released is for diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection, from urine samples. Pocared's headquarters are located in Rehovot, Israel.