Sysmex has developed and begun selling1 the XN-30 multi-parameter automated hematology analyzer, which allows the detection of blood infections from malarial plasmodia.
As well as measuring infected red blood cell parameters such as malarial plasmodia2, the XN-30 provides information indicating the quantity of infected red blood cells and the type of malarial plasmodia present. This information is important, as the treatment method generally varies depending on the type of malarial plasmodia. We are also working on technologies to identify asymptomatic carriers—people who have malarial plasmodia in their bodies but do not have the illness themselves—as addressing this situation is considered one way of preventing the spread of the infection.
The XN-30 is being used for basic research. The Research Institute for Microbial Diseases at Osaka University is using this instrument in an effort to discover new anti-malarial drugs.
In addition to our next model, which will feature certain improvements, going forward we will seek to obtain regulatory approval in various countries so that the instrument can be used in laboratories and other clinical facilities.
1 In Japan only
2 Research parameter