Updated on 6 September 2012
Q-Sera is looking to undertake a development program in the future, focussing on the production of a prototype tube. Q-Sera would also conduct a proof-of-concept clinical study to demonstrate the superiority of the Q-Sera tube as compared to the current commercial tubes using blood from different cohorts of patients. This will also include difficult to clot blood samples such as those from patients taking anticoagulants such as warfarin or heparin. Presently, Q-Sera is contracting out its R&D work to third party providers. This enables the company to be flexible and also allows for effective capital management.
The blood collection tube industry comprises a small number of large companies, who dominate the sales and marketing of tubes, needles, syringes and related products. While speaking in this regard, Dr Kurek, said that, "The market is highly commoditised with little differentiation between product lines and in most cases market share is influenced by pricing and brand awareness as the products perform very similar to one another. Thus a new type of tube with clinical advantages may attract a higher price depending on how it is positioned and what blood tests it is used for and provide an opportunity to take market share from one or more of the existing blood collection tubes."
The technology pioneered by Q-Sera has demonstrated swift and successful clotting of even the most un-coagulable blood samples, thus providing a higher degree of confidence around patient diagnosis and patient care. Let us hope that this will yield good quality serum for further effective analysis of a patients blood.