Currently in clinical validation stage, the kit is a PCR-based technique that provides rapid results in a cost-effective manner.
A team of researchers from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi have developed a portable Covid-19 testing kit, which offers rapid and accurate results.
The testing kit is the size of a smartphone and can deliver accurate results in less than 45 minutes. Currently in the clinical validation stage, the kit is a PCR-based technique that provides rapid, sensitive, and specific detection of the Covid-19 virus in a cost-effective manner
Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, executive vice-president, Khalifa University, noted the preliminary results are promising.
“Due to the spread of Covid-19, Khalifa University has established a strategic scientific research initiative to help tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“KU has funded a total of 14 research projects, including this one. Within a short span of time, our researchers have developed this small and portable Covid-19 testing kit that is able to diagnose infections in less than one hour. The preliminary results are promising. Currently, we are taking the sample swab from the nose, and soon we will test saliva samples,” Dr Al Hammadi said.
Anas Alazzam, associate professor, mechanical engineer at the university, and founder, Microfluidics Lab, said: “The kit is currently in the clinical validation stage.
This testing kit can detect active infection within 45 minutes, meaning it can be used in rapid testing of frontline healthcare workers and essential workers.”
Dr Habiba Al Safar, director, KU Center for Biotechnology, Khalifa University, said the innovative kit can quickly detect infected people.
“You don’t need to be a scientist to read the results of Covid-19 testing when using our device. Basically, it indicates with two colours: yellow means positive and red means negative. With this device, we can quickly identify infected people, and also take a swift action to prevent the transmission.”
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