ATP Screening

Screening Tests: Screening Isn’t Just for Infectious Diseases

Screening tests have a wide variety of purposes in medicine, agriculture, the food industry, and other areas. Here is a look at some of the most common types of screening tests, how they work, and why they are important.

Medical Device Sterilization Methods

Screening tests are conducted to monitor a person’s health, even when the person may not feel sick. Screening tests can be used to detect diseases early, before any observable symptoms develop. This can save lives and healthcare costs.

Testing for Infectious Diseases: Sample Pooling and At-Home Testing

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of testing for infectious diseases, both for individual people’s health and for public health. When working to mitigate the impact of an infectious disease, it is important to test large numbers of people. However, this can take a significant amount of time and resources. Sample pooling and at-home testing can help. Read on to learn more about these testing methods.

Testing for Infectious Diseases: The Basics

Ordinarily, infectious diseases account for only a small percentage of overall global deaths. However, if infectious disease cases are not properly monitored, they can become dangerous and can wreak havoc on health systems and economies. For this reason, disease detection is  extremely important.

The Negative Impacts of False Negatives

Testing for conditions and diseases can be lifesaving. For example, routine screenings for cancer can help doctors catch a problem early and provide patients with potentially life saving care. Additionally, testing for diseases which spread between people, from sexually transmitted diseases to COVID-19, is crucial for public health.

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Swabs

Over the past year and a half, you may have found yourself with a swab up your nose while getting tested for COVID-19. But did you know that the cotton swab was invented in the 1920s?

Fabbaloo OPT Feature

"OPT Industries certainly has a very different approach to making and using 3D printers, and I’ll be watching carefully to see how they evolve in the future." - Fabbaloo

OPT New Facility Launch

OPT Industries, a manufacturing technology startup, announced the opening of its first manufacturing facility in Medford, Mass. to scale market access to RAMP™, the first roll-to-roll 3D printing platform that allows continuous materials production at unlimited lengths with new levels of micron-level precision.

Bloomberg OPT Feature

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"after selling more than 800,000 swabs to Medical supply company Henry Schein and Health Care Network Kaiser Permante, OPT Industries is about to open a new facility in Medford." - Bloomberg

TechCrunch OPT Feature

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"Massachusetts startup OPT Industries is perfecting a 3D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 tests" - TechCrunch

InstaSwab qPCR Sensitivity

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In an experimental study, OPT InstaSwab™ showed significantly improved collection and elution efficiency as compared to both the Copan FLOQSwab and traditional polyester swabs.

MIT News InstaSwab Feature

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"A better nasal swab for Covid-19 testing: MIT spinout OPT Industries uses novel additive manufacturing systems to create intricately-designed products." - MIT News

InstaSwab Superior Elution

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Recent independent lab results placed InstaSwab™ on top of leading flocked swabs in the market, at least 20 times more bacterial elution when used for collecting and transfer samples.

Cooper-Hewitt Exhibition

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Cillia faux fur coats produced using OPT's proprietary digital lithography manufacturing process exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and Cube museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands.

Centre Pompidou Exhibition

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Cillia prototypes produced using OPT's proprietary digital lithography manufacturing process exhibited at the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris.

MIT News Cilllia Feature

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"Need hair? Press 'print': With fur, brushes, and bristles, Media Lab’s technique opens new frontier in 3-D printing" - MIT News