Global health R&D at work in New Mexico
University of New Mexico researchers have developed a rapid breath test to detect tuberculosis and other lung diseases, such as pneumonia. The noninvasive, easy-to-use test offers results in 10 minutes without need for expensive laboratory equipment. The test is a major step forward in terms of speed and portability. It will enable doctors in low-resource settings to quickly detect lung infections and get patients on treatment. The technology has led to the creation of a company headquartered in Santa Fe which plans to commercialize the test, highlighting the economic returns of global health research.