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Cellabs is a Sydney based "boutique" diagnostics company, which specialises in the design, development, and manufacture of immunodiagnostic kits for tropical and infectious diseases. Established in 1985 by immunologist Dr A. M. Smithyman, Cellabs is Australia's oldest private biotechnology company.
By 1990, Cellabs had released its first range of commercial diagnostic tests for Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Chlamydia; all of which found ready markets both locally and internationally. The company has steadily expanded its range of products and now markets over 20 diagnostic kits worldwide.
The company has a particular interest in the Neglected Tropical Diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis and elephantiasis. which impose a massive burden on the global population. Malaria, for example, kills one child every 30 seconds, is endemic in 91 countries, and places at risk 40% of the world's population.
In 1998, Cellabs formed a strong relationship with its sister company, TropBio Pty Ltd. TropBio produces a complementary range of human and veterinary diagnostics complementary to the Cellabs range, including the WHO recommended Og4C3 Filariasis Ag ELISA.