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A Science and Technology Study on Newly Emerging Diagnostic Technologies in Agriculture
Exploring Attitudes, Behaviours and Wider Social Impacts

Developments in rapid/point-of-care (POC) devices for pathogen and disease identification potentially provide opportunities in reducing the social and economic impact of livestock diseases. The Technology Strategy Board initiated a Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents Innovation Platform in October 2008 with a view to investing up to £55 million including Department of Health funding (over five years) to support the development and adoption of clinically useful, commercially viable diagnostic tests in response to priorities identified by Department of Health and Defra. A first call for feasibility and pilot studies is due to open on 18th January 2010.

The purpose of this research project was to explore stakeholder attitudes to the potential adoption of these novel technologies and to elucidate likely drivers and barriers to their adoption. This report focuses on a UK perspective, although the use of rapid/POC devices in developing countries is widely recognised as having a great deal of potential.