A rapid COVID-19 test, developed by Brunel University London, the Universities of Surrey and Lancaster, Inovo Robotics, Unique Secure and GB Electronics UK, which distinguishes the presence of the virus in six people, simultaneously, within half an hour, is shifting closer to market.
It’s possible that the portable and inexpensive testing device, soon to be clinically tested in three NHS hospitals, could be used in large concentrated areas, including care homes and airports to determine if an individual has the virus. Also, it enables accessibility for testing in remote countries which are still developing and have a lack of access to high-quality medical facilities.
“A rapid COVID-19 test kit is shifting closer to the market.“
Co-founder of Inovo Robotics, Henry Woods, stated: “Many vulnerable people around the world have had limited or no access to fast COVID-19 virus testing during the pandemic. We see the potential to make a real difference in limiting the spread of the virus through this technology.”
Professor Wamadeva Balachandran, Brunel University London, stated: “There remains an urgent need to develop testing for COVID-19 which is quick and inexpensive. This will enable those who test positive to self-isolate as quickly as possible, helping to reduce the spread of the virus. I am delighted that GB Electronics, Inovo Robotics and Unique Secure have joined us on this exciting project; their expertise will help accelerate the development of this test on a mass scale to minimise loss of lives.”