Conclusions

The introduction of the lateral-flow test strip revolutionized the way body fluids are tested. It opened vast new areas for testing, making it faster, easier, and cheaper to obtain results. Now we are seeing tremendous commoditization of test-strip products. Competition is driving prices ever lower. For these reasons, survival in the market will be dependent on (1) well-planned, well-designed products that incorporate simple, efficient design principles and (2) automated manufacturing processes that include appropriate in-process inspection to provide the highest-quality, lowest-cost product possible.

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