Report on Egyptian Science Has Broader Arab Implication, January 30, 2013
Five years ago, a chemistry professor at the American University in Cairo, Hassan Azzazy started a research group with some of his graduate students to develop affordable medical solutions -- work that could be “converted into prototypes and go to market,” he says. Now, millions of Mr. Azzazy’s fellow Egyptians may benefit from his work.
Using nano-technology, the chemistry professor and his students have developed a new, cheap and fast diagnostic test for hepatitis C, a disease that affects 22 percent of Egyptians. (Until now, diagnosing hepatitis C has been time-consuming and expensive, requiring two laboratory tests).
Mr. Azzazy is in the final stages of negotiating with his university to create his own company to market this and other new medical diagnostic tests.
"This is probably the first spin-off company to come out of any Egyptian university," he says. "Hopefully this will be a milestone."...