An Irish medtech firm is working on a 15-minute coronavirus test

  • Irish medtech company Assay Genie hopes to have a new coronavirus testing kit ready in a few weeks that will reduce testing time to as little as 15 minutes.

    The key to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in countries such as South Korea has been mass testing and isolation of affected individuals, but this can be logistically difficult. Not only are there challenges with mass-producing the testing kits, but even the fastest tests can take hours to return a result and labs are flat-out analysing samples.

    Irish company Assay Genie is now developing a new testing kit for the virus that would reduce testing times from hours to as little as 15 minutes. The test uses a single drop a blood and a technique called colloidal gold immunochromatography to indicate whether a person has the virus or antibodies against it in their system.

    Existing tests being used rely on PCR techniques to detect the viral RNA in a sample, and can take up to four hours to return a result. Manufacturers are also looking for alternative tests that use different materials as they are having difficulty supplying the materials for existing testing kits.

    The firm hopes to have the test kit ready for mass production in the next few weeks, with hospitals due to test the first batch within the week.

    Source: Silicon Republic

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