Project Title iPROMISE Blasto I/III Multiplex Parasite Detection Kit
Project Category Innovation
Abstract Blastocystis is a commonly occurring parasite that target the human gut. Studies have shown that breaking the transmission phase of the cycle is one of the most effective ways to prevent infection. In order to improve the understanding on the risk factors, it is essential to hasten the identification of the specific subtype; ST1 and ST3 which both were reported to be a zoonotic origin. Currently, the methods of detecting positive samples at once are laborious and time consuming, sometimes requiring up to 3 days (human isolate) and 7 days (animal isolate). Combinations of multiple primers were successfully designed into a duplex detection system targeting two subtypes. This kit provides an accurate detection for any of the two subtypes within approximately 2 hours through the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. The advantages of the kit includes; 1) user- friendly, 2) robust, 3) novel, 4) cost-effective, 5) specific, 6) sensitive and 7) rapid. It has good commercialization value due to its reliance on a relatively common and cheap technology, and is able to improve the quality of humans’ life by reducing morbidity and mortality.
Validation Status Validated
Validation Date 2018-10-18


Staff Status
Mohamad Izwan Bin Ismail, Dr Leader


Event Name Event Date Event Level Achievement Event Venue
Invention, Innovation & Design Exposition (IIDEX) 2017 2017-09-25 National Gold Dewan Agung Tuanku Canselor (CATC), UiTM Shah Alam