The Novel Diagnostics and Therapeutic Research Team, in conjunction with D-Kimia, LCC, the first University spinoff in Egypt — both founded and led by Professor Hassan Azzazy, chair of the Department of Chemistry — has developed a more advanced version of the robotic system for automated purification of nucleic acids from human blood in preparation for its introduction to the market. This system can be used for extraction of high purity/quality hepatitis C RNA from blood.
Moreover, a grant from the National Academy of Scientific Research and Technology was received to start the development of a real time thermal cycler instrument. This is the first attempt to develop such device in Africa and the Middle East. The device will be used for detection of purified nucleic acids — obtained from the automated system — which serve as biomarkers of infections — including hepatitis C — or cancer.