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World|health|January 5, 2021 / 02:19 PM
New COVID-19 ultra-rapid diagnostic system developed in Turkey

AKIPRESS.COM - An “in vitro” coronavirus diagnosis system that can be used to detect the new type of coronavirus (SARS Cov2) performing with 99% accuracy in 10 seconds was developed within the infrastructure of Bilkent University UNAM, the joint work of Dr. Bülend Ortaç and his team, Bilkent Holding and E-A Technology operating in Bilkent Cyberpark Technology Development Zone.

The cooperative research project formed following the first reported Covid-19 case in Turkey and 7-month studies gave fruitful results.

The new nanotechnology-based diagnostic system can detect the COVID-19 virus within 10 seconds with a swab taken from the mouth. It is an optically based diagnostic and identification system that changes the color of the glow in the presence of the virus, thus detecting viruses with high selectivity. Taking saliva samples from the mouth instead of taking swab samples from deep areas such as the oropharynx and nasopharynx will also make the use of the system preferable.

The mass production phase is planned to start within 2 months, right after completing the necessary permissions from Ethics Committee Turkey Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (TİTCK).

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