The new technique is already generating interest from public health authorities and NGOs active in South Africa, India and the Gulf States.
"We expect to develop our base in the UK at Sci-Tech Daresbury, near
, so that we can manage all aspects of the business from there, including global logistics and international relationship management," added Mr Norman.
TB is responsible for the deaths of some 1.4m people every year - or 3,800 people every day, half of them children - and is the world's eighth biggest killer according to the World Health Organisation. In 2009, there were almost 10 million orphan children as a result of the disease.
is a national science and innovation campus between
which is regarded as one of
leading centres for innovation and business. It assumed official status in
as one of the UK Government's flagship Enterprise Zones.
The site is a private-public sector joint venture between property company
, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Halton Borough Council. The Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester are active partners on the site.
, Group Chief Executive of Langtree and director of the Sci-Tech Daresbury Joint Venture Company, said: "Sci-Tech Daresbury's position at the heart of the UK's science and business community offers immeasurable assistance to businesses wishing to forge links with key partners such as the Wellcome Trust. We're delighted to be able to play a role in developing something which might have such an important impact on the lives of millions of people."
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About Global BioDiagnostics
Global BioDiagnostics Corp. is an early stage biotechnology company whose mission is to develop, manufacture and distribute diagnostics that address huge needs in the global infectious disease market. The company's first product in development for TB utilizes a ground-breaking biophotonic detection platform called Reporter Enzyme Fluorescence (REF) developed by researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and
. The research conducted by
was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The company has offices in
About Sci-Tech Daresbury