NEWS | August 9, 2023

Hafnium Rapid Test Could Enable Monkeypox Containment

Mediziner zeigt Monkeypox-Teströhre. Konzept der Affen-Pocken-Krankheit, Pocken und Gesundheit.

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University have developed a rapid test for monkeypox using nanomaterials made of gold and hafnium. This test can detect the virus within minutes, a process that conventional tests take several days to achieve. The method employs plasmonic nanoparticles, particles that change their optical properties upon contact with genetic material. This rapid diagnostic method could also be applied to other pathogens.

Monkeypox is now present in over 100 countries. The lead researcher for the rapid test, Professor Dipanjan Pan, views rapid diagnosis as the only way to contain the disease, as therapeutics and vaccines would not offer sufficient protection.

According to Pan, by modifying the molecules of the rapid test, it could also be used to prepare for the next epidemic or even pandemic. However, the next step is to bring the test to market. The researchers must still validate it and then seek commercial partners.

By the way: In addition to hafnium, germanium is also an important “medical metal” in the field of rapid diagnostics. We reported some time ago about a handy diagnostic device in which this technological metal is used.

Theranostics combines diagnosis and treatment. An important metal in this regard is gallium. We have recently reported on three newly developed radiopharmaceutical drugs in the field of cancer medicine.

Hafnium, gallium, and germanium are not only three key “medical metals” but also a good investment opportunity. Because medicine relies on them, the value of these metals is likely to increase. For investors, this means the possibility of attractive returns, including tax-free purchases and tax-free gains after one year of holding.