Backers needed to mass-produce smartphone-based Covid-19 test: Page 2 of 2

March 27, 2020 //By Julien Happich
Covid-19 test
A team of scientists from the University of Surrey, Lancaster University and Brunel University are developing an easy-to-use test that can inform people if they have Covid-19 in just half an hour.

“We are delighted to be involved in the development of rapid diagnostic tools for Covid-19. With a fast response from manufacturers, we could deliver a point-of-care test kit to support mass-scale testing within the NHS and globally", said Professor Roberto La Ragione, Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.

“Now that we know multiple genomes of Covid-19, we can develop the molecular test in a week and have it up and running on the device in three or four weeks. We are confident it will perform well and we urgently need industrial partners to come on board. This innovation is set to have a huge impact on society” commented Professor Wamadeva Balachandran from Brunel University London.

“Normally, anything like this would have to undergo extensive clinical trials, but this is not a normal situation. Speed is essential. With local hospitals’ help we aim to do a limited amount of testing using positive and negative samples that are currently available. According to the Imperial College model, this pandemic might last for 18 months and cases will rise over the next few months. The new test would be a tremendous help in easing the pressure on the healthcare sector.”

Manufacturers willing to help the production ramp up of such kits can contact wamadeva.balachandran@brunel.ac.uk

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