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By pressing on a piece of paper, a user could power up the test and potentially apply it in a remote location, the researchers said. 

During a clinical study, a positive antimicrobial stewardship outcome emerged in 74 percent of cases where the firm's test provided a rule-out result for sepsis. 

A proof-of-concept assay that uses an inkjet-printed nanoscale film achieved performance comparable to that of a laboratory ELISA while testing for leptin. 

As a longer-term product, the firm is developing a sequencing test for the clinic that could enable identifying a broad range of sepsis pathogens and detecting antimicrobial resistance.

Hemex Health is developing a diagnostic test that it said could particularly benefit rural and economically challenged areas of the world. 

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a proof-of-concept test for research use that they hope to eventually refine for clinical use at the point of care.

The firm, which raised $7.1 million from its IPO last week, is looking to move into geographies where a need for infectious disease tests are already well established, its CEO said. 

University of Washington scientists found that by adding a material first isolated from shellfish, they could increase the sensitivity of standard bioassays by up to 1,000 times. 

A diagnostic test could be available within about a year that researchers and clinicians could use to diagnose patients and develop therapies. 

Researchers from the University of Illinois said their test may one day enable patients to identify sepsis at home and transmit test results immediately to a physician.