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June 17, 2021

Coronavirus company news summary – University of Strathclyde unveils cost-effective, saliva-based Covid-19 test – University of Arkansas and NOWDiagnostics collaborate for Covid-19 antibody test

By Chloe Kent

UK researchers from the University of Strathclyde are developing a rapid, low-cost saliva-based biosensor test for Covid-19 that can be mass-manufactured for as little as 20 pence per test. Inspired by glucose test strips used for monitoring blood sugar levels among diabetics, the test is designed for rapid in-field use to allow people in community settings to determine their Covid-19 status.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that the state is expanding the availability of at-home Covid-19 test collection for all eligible North Carolinians. Any resident can receive a Pixel by Labcorp Covid-19 PCR test home collection kit after placing an order online or through any partner organisations, which is shipped overnight free of cost. The tests can be used for individuals aged two years and older.

The University of Arkansas and NOWDiagnostics have announced an active partnership for a Covid-19 antibody test and prevalence study that would determine the occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antibodies among its students, faculty, and staff. The ADEXUSDx Covid-19 test is a rapid serology, self-contained assay that assesses the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and delivers results in just 15 minutes. The study aims to test one enrolee three times over four months, the recruitment for which began in March 2021.

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