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Western U researchers develop rapid, accurate and cost-effective COVID-19 antibody test

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 13th, 2021

Researchers at Western University in Canada have developed a rapid, accurate and cost-effective COVID-19 antibody test.

The test can be completed in five minutes, has greater accuracy than current tests, and is scalable, making it more ideal for community level use. It can use blood or plasma samples to detect antibodies with 100% specificity and 98% sensitivity.

Western professor Shawn Li led the test’s development, made possible by the $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.

WORLDiscoveries, Western’s tech transfer arm, has applied for a U.S. provisional patent on the technology and is actively seeking industry partners to license and manufacture the test in order to make it commercially available to healthcare providers in Canada and abroad.

Source: WORLDiscoveries

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