Recently Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’s Kusuma School of Biological Sciences have developed the ‘World’s most affordable’ Covid-19 testing kit. The testing kit has been named ‘Corosure’ and it will be available at authorised testing facilities across the country.
Here are a few important key points about the testing kit:
1. This diagnosing kit is claimed to be the world’s most affordable diagnostic kit for coronavirus. This low cost kit was launched by IIT Delhi.
2. The base price of the kit is Rs 399. Even after adding the RNA isolation and laboratory charges, the cost per test will go up to Rs 650 and will be considerably cheaper compared to currently available kits in the market.
3. Effectively fast test results: It can deliver results within three hours.
4. Hail ‘Make In India’: This is a great push for the on-going Make in India movement being pushed by our PM Modi.
5. ‘Corosure’ is a “probe-free” testing kit, while other methods available are ‘Probe-based”, which reduces the cost of testing without compromising on the accuracy.
This indigenous test kit developed by IIT can help ramp up India’s testing facilities.
6. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the test kit named “Corosure” which will now be available for use at authorised testing labs.
Hon'ble HRD Minister, @DrRPNishank launched World's most affordable COVID-19 Diagnostic kit – 'Corosure' developed by IIT-Delhi. Watch this video to know more! #IndiaFightsCorona @PMOIndia @PIB_India @iitdelhi pic.twitter.com/6CftF440Y0
— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) July 19, 2020
7. The kit Corosure has been commercialised by Newtech Medical Devices.
NewTech Medical Devises announced that they will manufacture 2 million kits by next month.
8. While launching the kit, HRD Minister said:
‘The Corosure has been developed indigenously and is much cheaper than other kits. The kit has received ICMR approval with the highest score and DCGI approval with a very high sensitivity and specificity. ‘
9. IIT Delhi, which became the first academic institute to get ICMR nod for a COVID-19 testing method, gave non-exclusive open licence to 10 companies for commercialising the test.
10. The team was led by Professor Vivekanand Perumal and it included PhD scholars Prashant Pradhan, Ashutosh Pandey and Praveen Tripathi, post-doctoral fellows Dr Parul Gupta and Dr Akhilesh Mishra along with professors Manoj B Menon, James Gomes and Bishwajit Kundu.
Let’s hope that this is a game-changer and will make things better!
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