Novarum granted Eurpoean patent for image capture technology

Edinburgh-headquartered smartphone diagnostic specialist Novarum has officially been granted a European patent.

This patent is said to be “a significant milestone in the development of our revolutionary technology”.

The patent protects Novarum’s image-capture technology which transforms a smartphone into a diagnostic reader when using the camera to accurately scan the results of a rapid test.

Novarum’s smartphone readers enable tests to be performed in remote locations, with results instantly and accurately read before being shared to a secure end-user portal.

Its technology has been used across the medical, food safety, veterinary and aviation industries.

Since the acquisition by BBI Solutions in 2016, Novarum has expanded its patent portfolio which now includes: China, Japan, Russia, the United States and Europe with a number of other territories pending.

Novarum founder and BBI Group head of mobile, Dr Neil Polwart said: “The European patent bolsters Novarum’s position as a leader in smartphone-enabled point of care diagnostics.

“As the second patent to have been awarded this year, we’re now able to protect our intellectual property across two key territories, the US and Europe.

“Our technology corrects misalignments when reading diagnostic tests using the camera feature on a smartphone without additional hardware, ensuring that our solution is robust in delivering test results of lab quality.

“Our patents safeguard our intellectual property and reaffirm Novarum’s position as pioneers for next generation diagnostic technologies.”

Dr Polwart has previously said that new diagnostic technologies can tackle the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria which often disproportionately affect the most remote and poorest communities.

Last year, Novarum furthered its expansion plans with the appointment of a new business development manager for the Americas, Robert Trinka, based out of Weston, Connecticut.

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