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Colorado State U start-up advances COVID-19 test that produces results on a smartphone within minutes


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 18th, 2020

A start-up from Colorado State University (CSU) is advancing a novel, rapid COVID-19 antigen test that can be analyzed using a smartphone.

The Rapid On-the-Spot COVID Test (ROCT) from Balanced Biotech uses a simple yet robust sensing method to detect the virus from self-administered nasal swab samples. The device has all the necessary electronics built into it and simply requires the user to download an app that scans the device to interpret the results, eliminating the need for a test reader.

In addition to showing positive or negative results within minutes, the app also indicates if a test should be repeated in cases of an uncertain result.

In early studies, ROCT was shown to be substantially more sensitive than existing point-of-care COVID-19 antigen tests. It is also more portable and offers real-time reporting of results at the individual, employer, school, state and national levels. This gives users the ability to contact trace in real time and make informed decisions concerning their day-to-day activities and interactions.

Balanced Biotech licensed the technology through the CSU Research Foundation, which houses the university’s tech transfer arm CSU Ventures.

Source: Colorado State University

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