Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) is developing and intends to market a novel device to enable hospitals to detect Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacterial contamination, a major constituent of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). The annual costs of treating hospitalized MRSA patients are estimated to be between $3.2 billion and $4.2 billion in the United States alone. MRSA infected patients are likely to spend three times as long in a hospital stay at three times the cost, and are five times more likely to die than an uninfected patient.
Early detection of MRSA and HAIs in general is vital. Recent studies suggest that implementing prevention practices can lead to up to a 70 percent reduction in certain HAIs with a financial benefit of using these prevention practices estimated to be as high as $25.0 billion to $31.5 billion in medical cost savings in the United States alone (according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the US Department of Health and Human Sciences). Currently, no cost effective early detection device is available.
The Zenosense MRSA detection device is expected to act like a “smoke detector” for MRSA; designed to detect MRSA in the environment or infected patient, even before a patient demonstrates any obvious symptoms, satisfying this huge unmet need.
Zenosense has an agreement with leading European sensor developer Sgenia Group, which is developing such a device exclusively for Zenosense through their subsidiary Zenon Biosystem. The estimated manufacturing cost per device is under $100 USD and possibly as low as $50 USD. The Zenosense device, utilizing established Sgenia programming and patent-pending hardware, utilizes a single sensor to perform an infinite number of scans, creating tens of thousands of "virtual sensors". The low cost and compact design of the Zenosense device, if successfully developed, would make it possible to be worn by individuals, as well as placed in numerous sensitive areas in the healthcare setting.
Zenosense has a streamlined management team experienced in high-level marketing in the medical sector, supported by the outsourced Zenon Biosystem scientific/development team of qualified personnel with extensive knowledge and experience in the development of sensors. Both of these teams will fuse together through a high level advisory board of experienced professionals. A cost-effective Zenosense MRSA detection device, once developed, is expected to be in high demand, driven by patient safety, cost and insurance considerations.