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Calmark provides near patient rapid tests (PNAs) specialized in newborns that allow for a safe journey through the first time of life.

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The problem today

For most babies, the journey from birth passes through the first week of life without major complications. For a group of children, however, medical conditions lead to a need for care and treatment. To quickly understand the health status of the child is imperative.

One of the most common tests taken on newborns is bilirubin, a biomarker found in the blood and which, in elevated levels, causes jaundice. In 60-80% of newborns, the skin becomes slightly yellowish in the first week of life, which in most cases is harmless. But greatly elevated levels of bilirubin can lead to lasting brain damage if not detected and treated.

Given the large percentage of newborns who turn yellow, blood tests are taken on about 20% of all babies in order to reliably assess the bilirubin level. In those parts of the world where possible, the sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

The test tube should be protected from light and analyzed immediately, which for newborn blood tests are done manually, unlike adult blood which can be analyzed automatically. In addition, the blood of newborns easily hemolyzes, the red blood cells burst, and the sample must be retaken. The waiting time from sampling to test results and possible start of treatment can therefore be long.

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We want to make a difference!

Calmark's business concept is to develop reliable and easily accessible rapid tests for newborns. With the help of near patient analysis (PNA), the healthcare provider, with a small volume of blood, can obtain a faster result at the location of the child, both in the care unit and as an opportunity for diagnostics for patients who are not in hospital.

The idea is to improve the entire care chain, save time and costs in healthcare and make a big difference in those parts of the world where access to hospital laboratories is limited.

Calmark's goal is to be a global leader in PNA diagnostics during the neonatal period and to offer all relevant tests for newborns in the long term, regardless of where in the world they are born.

Calmark wants all newborns to have a quiet start in life!

Time spent on laboratory testing of newborn blood — an average of 1.5 hours
If the blood can not be analyzed, which happens in 5-10% of cases — an average of 3 hours

With Calmark's PNA system:

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