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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 06:09 AM

San Diego's Truvian enters COVID-19 testing game with low-cost kit that delivers results in 10 mins.

San Diego start-up Truvian Sciences has received federal emergency approval for a blood test that detects COVID-19 antibodies in as little as 10 minutes.

Called Easy Check, the portable test will be sold by Truvian to health professionals for about $15 and has an accuracy rate in excess of 98 percent, according to the company. The test is available immediately.

“It’s a test cassette that reminds you a little bit of a pregnancy test,” said Jeff Hawkins, Truvian’s president and chief executive. “It’s in a single-use package. You add a drop of blood, a drop of buffer from an eye-dropper bottle that is in the kit, and 10 minutes later you get a read-out.”

The company, which is developing a compact blood testing machine that aims to deliver results faster, with less blood and at a lower cost than current systems., has agreements with U.S.-based manufacturers to produce up to 500,000 Easy Check COVID-19 kits per day if necessary, said Hawkins.

Read more: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/technology/story/2020-07-29/san-diegos-truvian-enters-covid-19-testing-game-with-low-cost-kit-that-delivers-results-in-10-minutes

Hopefully Truvian will be able to ramp up production so that more test kits are available for use by other people besides health professionals and that the cost of the tests will also decrease due to the economy of scale.

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genxlib Jul 2020 #1

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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 07:01 AM

1. Sounds like that is an antibody test

Not an infection test. They can be useful in different ways but the real problem are the infection tests.

Some of the results are running so slow that they are essentially useless.

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