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April 9, 2021

Coronavirus company news summary – Collection Sites makes Covid-19 at-home testing available across US – Helix and Ginkgo Bioworks partner to support back to school Covid-19 testing in US

By Chloe Kent

Collection Sites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medivolve, has expanded its Covid-19 testing services by launching a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approved at-home PCR Covid-19 testing kit across the US. The at-home test kits are available without prescription by individuals through retail partners as well as through the Collection Sites website.

Helix, a population genomics company, has announced a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks to provide simple, easy, scalable, affordable, and pooled Covid-19 testing services to K-12 schools across the western US. The partnership will enable schools to reopen, a critical part of the Biden-Harris administration’s national strategy.

Researchers from the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India, are developing an aptamer-based point-of-care (POC) diagnostic kit to detect Covid-19, reports BioSpectrum India. The project is being funded by the Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

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