Motivation and strategy
A forgotten crisis
Orphan Diagnostics is a company focusing on point-of-care diagnostics in clinical toxicology.
Our first product is a unique, rapid and robust diagnostics test for methanol poisoning
Our aim is to raise awareness, knowledge and offer simplified diagnostic solutions where this is lacking through hands-on experience. We want our global connections and partnerships to ensure a broad impact for people in need.
Poisoning due to mixing methanol with regular alcohol causes thousands of deaths, brain damage and blindness worldwide every year. It affects people in all ages – children, adults and elderly – with the majority being young adults in employable ages.
The main bulk of poisonings are thought to pass unnoticed, thus no good data exists, but fatalities are high – and seem to be rising.
Effective treatment exists for methanol poisoning, but diagnosis for poisoning by methanol is difficult. Analyzes are rarely available in a timely manner, especially in low- and middle income regions.
Orphan Diagnostics strives to develop simple diagnostic tools to ensure a quick, fast and easy access to the correct diagnosis without the use of laboratory equipment, enabling early initiation of effective treatment.