Ionica Sciences

McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences

Cornell University

413 Weill Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853

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MOSQUITO BORNE VIRUSES

Mosquito borne viral diseases rank among the most common and most rapidly spreading vector borne diseases on the planet.  Globally, over 390 million individuals are infected with Dengue virus each year.  Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever viruses are all rapidly spreading around the globe.  The current globally health emergency caused by the spread of Zika virus demonstrates the scale of the problem. Infections caused by these viruses often display similar symptoms, including rash, muscle and joint pain, and headaches.  Rapid detection and discrimination of Mosquito borne viruses will be essential in combating the morbidity and mortality caused by these diseases.  Ionica Sciences is creating a suite of rapid, high sensitivity antigen-based assays to detect these viruses in human serum, urine, or saliva.