This month marks the 100th birth anniversary ofRobert Guthrie the acknowledged “father” of newborn screening and inventor of the “Guthrie cards.” Dr. Guthrie’s development of specially designed filter paper allowed for easy collection, transport and testing of blood samples.
His scientific legacy includes the development of the bacterial inhibition assay used to screen infants for phenylketonuria (PKU). Untreated PKU results in irreversible neurological damage. He also raised awareness of the need to screen for other treatable conditions and adapted his method for additional early screening tests.
Spot On Sciences owes a lot to Dr. Guthrie for being a tireless champion for blood spot technology. Our premier device,HemaSpot, is based on unlocking the power of dried blood spots (DBS). We salute Robert Guthrie’s groundbreaking work and recognize the growing impact of DBS in clinical research around the world. Interested in learning more about HemaSpot? Contact us.