Mastaplex is a Dunedin-based company with the aim to develop and commercialise a point-of-care bovine mastitis diagnostic test.  Mastitis is a problem that effects all International milk operations (there are approximately 270 Million dairy cows).  Currently Farmers diagnose Mastitis via visual identification of inflammation of a cows udders and/or clotting of the milk.  Farmers and Vets usually choose to start antibiotic treatment straight away and make a best guess of which bacteria may be the cause.  It is estimated that in the US alone the disease cost the industry around $1.7 billion per annum.  Dr Olaf Bork began development of this technology at the University of Otago.