Friday, August 09 12:36:55
Start-up Sligo company StableLab has developed the world's first handheld blood test for horses.
The product has been endorsed by leading US vets, Dr. Nathan Slovis, Dr. Bonnie Barr, Dr. Fairfield Bain and Dr. Keith Latson, who said it marks a breakthrough in equine blood testing.
StableLab will be officially launched at the Dublin Horse Show today.
Developed by Dr. Heinrich Anhold, a former Junior International Showjumpger with Ireland, it can produce a result within minutes showing if a horse has an infection or not. It is an innovation in equine healthcare combining biomarker and digital technologies.
Speaking at the launch of StableLab Dr. Nathan Slovis, from the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky, said: "We have been using StableLab for the past number of months in our clinical practice. We find that it is an earlier and more sensitive indicator of equine inflammatory and infectious diseases than other lab methods. StableLab is a breakthrough in stall side equine diagnostics, and presents a new way of blood testing. I would recommended that any equine practitioner consider StableLab in their practice".
StableLab works by testing for a protein Serum Amyloid A (SAA), which only presents in a horse's blood when an infection is present. A blood test cartridge used at the horse's side gives a simple-to-read colour result, indicating clearly the presence of SAA in the event of infection. SAA has proven to be more reliable as a biomarker for infections than standard white blood cells. To date SAA tests have only ever been carried out in a laboratory but the StableLab technology has been designed and developed specifically to display a result at the horse's side within minutes.
Company founder and CEO Dr. Heinrich Anhold said: "We believe this is the future of equine healthcare, the beauty of this product is in its simplicity. You don't need to send your blood sample to a lab and you don't need a PhD to interpret the results. As someone who has competed at the RDS on Show Day, I know what you need from your horse and the value of being able to confirm on the spot that your horse is good to compete. We've worked really hard over the last few years to design a product that brings together the science and the technology, in a way that works for the industry. To receive support now from Dr. Slovis, Dr. Barr, Dr. Bain and Dr. Latson is fantastic and such an endorsement for a company at our stage in development."