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Revolutionising Environmental Testing: The Role of Lateral Flow Technology

Feb 13 2024

Abingdon Heath plc’s CEO, Chris Yates, firmly believes that lateral flow tests (LFTs) are poised to revolutionise environmental testing. From water monitoring, soil contamination and plant pathogen detection amongst others; lateral flow technology provides myriad advantages in each space.

In the ever-evolving landscape of environmental testing, the growing popularity and high accuracy of the technology means lateral flow has emerged as a game-changer. This innovative diagnostic approach has found its way into environmental testing, promising quicker and more accessible solutions for monitoring and analysing various parameters. Watch this short video on Abingdon’s website explaining in more detail how lateral flow technology works – it’s racked up over 300,000 views already.

The flexibility of lateral flow testing means it is ideal for a growing variety of environmental testing applications; and the versatile potential of this testing method is being unlocked in a number of different areas. The article delves into water monitoring, soil contamination and plant pathogen detection amongst others; and the myriad advantages lateral flow technology provides in each space. It also highlights exciting areas of technological development driving the expanding use of lateral flow testing. The examples being deployed in the market today already deliver benefits to human health monitoring, ecosystems and conservation efforts, as well as agricultural, industrial and biosecurity settings.

Leveraging the strengths of the technology, lateral flow assays present users with a definite edge in these market segments and the advantages are significant. From speed and simplicity, with results in minutes for speedy decision-making, to easy-to-use test formats that can be accurately administered by personnel with varying degrees of expertise, the cost-effectiveness of LFTs make them an invaluable tool for transforming the environmental testing landscape. Where sending samples to a centralised laboratory would be time-consuming, impractical and/or costly, these rapid tests enable real time data collection and efficient analysis. Additionally, opportunities exist to deliver connected rapid testing solutions, leveraging smart lateral flow devices capable of transmitting live data to central databases through platforms including those linked to the cloud with AI and IoT connectivity.

This could revolutionise how environmental monitoring is conducted, providing a more comprehensive understanding of the world around us. Read the full article here: Blogs - Abingdon Health plc | Revolutionising Environmental Testing.

Abingdon Health’s team has over 20 years’ experience in the lateral flow market and is a knowledge leader in the scale-up, transfer, manufacturing and regulatory approval of lateral flow products across aa range of sectors including clinical (self-test, point of care), animal health, plant pathogen and environmental testing. Decades of experience in taking tests from concept to commercialisation has led to Abingdon Health establishing effective processes that ensures efficient and cost-effective development, technical transfer and scale-up. Abingdon adheres to Good Manufacturing Practise to ensure tests are manufactured in a consistent and robust manner batch in, batch out. If you would like to discuss any specific requirements or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Abingdon’s highly experienced team. Also, discuss our value-added services such as regulatory and commercial support that provides a de-risked and streamlined route to market.


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