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Based in Edinburgh, Novarum is a joint venture between Scottish tech company Albagaia and a leading manufacturer of raw materials and test platforms for the in-vitro diagnostics market.

The collaboration allowed for the creation of advanced smartphone-based readers for the mHealth, veterinary and food sectors. These readers capture results from diagnostic tests and present the user with an accurate reading in seconds. The result is then shared with a secure database using the phone’s in-built connectivity.

Novarum’s readers have been used in Africa to monitor HIV treatment - bringing the lab to some of the continent’s most resource-poor and remote locations. Benefits have also been seen by chronic bowel disease sufferers, with Novarum’s reader helping them maintain their daily routine without intrusive testing at their doctor’s surgery.

The company is now expanding its product offering and has ambitions of growing its portfolio. Recent developments have included Bluetooth solutions, colourimetric reading apps, tracking apps and technology to aid the visually impaired.

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Novarum at Mobile World Congress 2015
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Not one to rest on its laurels, Novarum is currently working with a partner to develop a reader that will accurately identify any positive reading for Ebola via a rapid test. 

Novarum is also breaking into into the competitive US marketplace, and is currently assisting a client to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its technology. They are confident of success, which would make their smartphone-based reader the first to receive FDA approval.

Growing in Scotland

Scotland has provided a strong base for Novarum since its formation just three years ago. In that time, the company has grown to such a level that it has hit the £1million sales mark – a considerable feat considering there are less than a dozen people on the team.

Speaking of the opportunities provided by Scotland, Nicole said: “Scotland has a thriving tech community and we’ve had the pleasure of working with a handful of other Scottish SMEs over the years.

“Scotland itself has a unique and recognisable brand respected the world over, which SE and SDI make good use of. Our experience of doing business in Scotland has certainly been a positive one thanks to support from SE and SDI. There’s a real sense of camaraderie with other Scottish companies when breaking into international markets. ”