Specialists of the Troitsk Research and Development Center, a part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies and a subsidiary of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs within RUSNANO Group, have developed an analyzer which allows for detection of dangerous viruses, including COVID-19, in the environment and biological fluids in 30 minutes.
Photo by the Troitsk Engineering Center
The device called Indicator-BIO is commissioned by and created in the cooperation with Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University. This work was part of the Federal Grant Program of creation of the National Chemical and Biological Safety System. Pilot batches of the device and associated consumables have already been produced.
The Indicator-BIO analyzer is capable of detecting up to four pathogens at the same time by means of polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which is a high-precision method of molecular and genetic diagnostics. One test takes around 30 minutes. In collaboration with the partners, a range of testing systems was developed in the form of microfluidic cartridges, including the ones for detection of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
At the moment the device is being tested together with the testing systems.
“The device makes it possible to do the testing within short timeframes – in just 30 minutes. Recently it was presented to Veronika Skvortsova, Head of Federal Medical and Biological Agency. She has highly appraised of the device, and it really inspires. Our aim is to perform clinical tests in the shortest time possible and to obtain the permission,” – said Anatoly Chubais, a Chairman of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs within RUSNANO, on air of the Russia-24 TV-channel.
“Troitsk Research and Development Center will be ready to mass-produce the devices from the middle of this summer. If necessary, the production facilities can be expanded through investment opportunities and technical capabilities of the TechnoSpark infrastructure,” – confirmed TechnoSpark CEO, Denis Kovalevich.