Bloomberg Business – IdentifySensors Biologics Develops Fast, Accurate, Over-the-counter RNA COVID Self-test
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December 28, 2020

The test – Check4-COVID™ – will require no prescription, no nasal swabs, no mailed samples or waiting in line. The test’s greatest advantage is its ability to accurately detect asymptomatic and early infections on a molecular level – a significant weakness in home tests recently approved. “Chemical-based home tests do not detect the virus on a genetic level and often miss early and asymptomatic cases,” said IdentifySensors CEO Gregory Hummer MD. “By the time someone gets sick and tested, the virus usually has already spread. Our test catches early infections and asymptomatic cases within minutes and without clinical intervention. This is a major breakthrough in managing the pandemic.” The electronically based test sends precise RNA results to a user’s smartphone in minutes. Following FDA approval, anticipated early next year, Check4-COVID™ intends to be an over-the-counter, entirely at-home self-test with accuracy that meets or exceeds the gold-standard in lab-grade testing. “This new platform technology takes pathogen testing down a completely different path than all the other diagnostic tests out there now,” said Richard Kuhn, director of Purdue’s Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease. “Our COVID-19 testing research is showing very promising results.”

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