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bioFILM PATM first test to help in fight against serious lung infections

July 28th, 2009

Edmonton, Alberta –July 28, 2009 – A new test developed by Edmonton-based Innovotech™ Inc. will now allow doctors to more accurately identify the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections that are biofilm based. With more than 80 per cent of infections in the developed world caused by biofilms, the potential for this new breakthrough test, called bioFILM PA™, is of immense significance to the medical community.... Continue Reading



Battling Biofilms

March 5th, 2012

For those of who have read and followed our blog, you will know that our content has focused primarily on biofilms, chronic bacterial infections and susceptibility testing as they relate to Cystic Fibrosis. As many of you may be aware, however, the presence of biofilms and the, generally, detrimental impact they can have, is far reaching within the field of human health.... Continue Reading



Asking for your culture results – a CF patient’s perspective

May 25th, 2011

Denise Kruse, of Alpharetta, Georgia has Cystic Fibrosis.  Denise explains, in her own words, the reasons behind why she now asks for her susceptibility culture results.... Continue Reading



Biofilms, Antibiotics and Cystic Fibrosis

January 25th, 2011

To be a pioneer in a particular field or industry is generally an enviable position to be in.  However along with that honour comes the challenge of trying to educate individuals within that particular industry or market as to the merits of your product or technology, and why they should move beyond the status quo.... Continue Reading



What Bug am I?

December 23rd, 2010

At our recent Christmas get-together, one of our colleagues surprised each one of us with a little gift, wrapped in red tissue paper, which he placed infront of us at the table. As each one of us unwrapped our unexpected gift, there were peels of laughter and ensuing conversations as we compared the “bugs” we found inside!... Continue Reading



Are Anti-Bacterial Soaps Cause for Concern?

December 10th, 2010

While I have been contemplating writing an article on this topic for a while, it was a pearly pink antibacterial soap with an incredibly delicious fragrance that made its debut in the ladies bathroom earlier this week that cemented the idea that this was a subject worthy of visiting.... Continue Reading



Cystic Fibrosis Conference Experiences

October 25th, 2010

It was my great pleasure to meet Ronnie Sharpe, founder of “Run, Sickboy, Run” and “CysticLife” websites, at the North American Cystic Fibrosis conference in Baltimore last week.  Ronnie’s story is one that I suspect many people with CF experience, in dealing with declining health and struggling to find ways, both emotional and physical, to cope.... Continue Reading



Are you doing this?

September 20th, 2010

My philosophy has always been to come and say what is on my mind – well, most of the time anyway.  I do not see the point in skirting around the subject, particularly if one has strong feelings about the issue at hand.... Continue Reading



Hope and Cystic Fibrosis

September 8th, 2010

So I was half way through drafting my blog post for this week, when a revealing article in Maclean.ca came to my attention.  It was such an inspiring story and similar in many ways to that of Melanie I described in my last post.  And while I am relatively new to the world of Cystic Fibrosis and its cohesive (almost “biofilm”-like*) community, this article, and some of the stories that came to my attention thereafter, only served to cement my ongoing thoughts on the strength, determination and dedication demonstrated by these individuals and their families. It also brought to the forefront the element of hope and what that meant for Ashley and her family, so poignantly described in her story.... Continue Reading



CF-Test Blog is Back Online!

August 27th, 2010

I am excited – for many reasons.  Three months ago, I joined the team at Innovotech, an incredibly hard-working group of (mostly) scientists, plugging away at creating products and solutions to manage the issues caused by biofilms (American Scientist 2005, Infection Research 2008) - a topic of discussion for another day, when I am running low on things to talk about!  It is great to be a part of something you believe can make a difference in the world.  I am also pretty hyped about my first blog post, which hopefully you are currently perusing as we speak.  While I am somewhat new to the art of blogging, I have been using my writing and communication skills in earnest for the last ten years or so in other areas of corporate communications.  My focus and passion has always been in the life sciences industry, working with companies whose technologies are designed to improve the lives of individuals with diseases that, more often than not, can have serious implications on these individual`s lives.... Continue Reading