Guelph company develops rapid, portable COVID-19 test kit – CBC

Apr 27, 2020

Test kit takes an hour to get results, is as accurate as lab testing, Precision Biomonitoring says

A Guelph company has developed rapid, portable COVID-19 testing to be used by groups that need it most, such as remote Indigenous communities, food processing plants and long-term care homes.

DNA testing isn’t new for Precision Biomonitoring. It’s been carrying out various molecular tests to detect viruses in farm animals and to monitor food safety since it formed four years ago. But at the end of February, the team decided to shift gears and adapt their technology to make COVID-19 testing kits.

Mario Thomas, chief executive officer and co-founder, calls it a “lab in a briefcase.” The kit is compact, battery-operated and only weighs a couple of pounds, he says.

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