Mastaplex is a Dunedin-based company with the aims 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.