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Shannon firm developing HIV kit

SHANNON company AltraTech is working on developing an inexpensive, disposable kit that could dramatically improve HIV management worldwide. AltraTech, which was founded two years ago, has just signed a collaboration agreement with the US National Institute of Health (NIH). CEO Tim Cummins is a Cork man, now based in Cratloe. He explained the management of HIV is quite a complex process from the moment diagnosis is made. “If you are diagnosed HIV positive, unfortunately a life-changing diagnosis, you’re a little bit like the diabetic who has been told they have type 2 diabetes and for the rest of their life they have to monitor their blood sugar; they have to measure it, inject insulin or take tablets or something. It’s the same for a person with HIV, there’s still no cure for it even though many people are trying. They have to take antiviral drugs and try to keep the virus at bay. To do that, the virus has to …

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