New Delhi, July 15
Claimed to be the world’s most inexpensive diagnostic package for coronavirus, a low-cost check package developed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) right here was launched on Wednesday.
According to IIT officers, the bottom value of the RT-PCR assay developed by IIT Delhi is Rs 399. Even after including the RNA isolation and laboratory expenses, the price per check will go as much as Rs 650 and will likely be significantly cheaper in comparison with at present accessible kits out there. It can ship outcomes inside three hours.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the check package named “Corosure” which is able to now be accessible to be used at authorised testing labs.
“The Corosure Kit has been developed indigenously and is much cheaper than other kits. The country requires cheap and reliable testing for the country which can help control the pandemic. The kit has received ICMR approval with the highest score and DCGI approved with a very high sensitivity and specificity,” he mentioned on the launch.
Referring it to as world’s most inexpensive COVID-19 diagnostic package, the HRD Minister mentioned the innovation is a step in direction of “Make in India”.
IIT Delhi, which grew to become the primary educational institute to get ICMR nod for a COVID-19 testing technique, gave non-exclusive open licence to 10 firms for commercialising the check, however with a value rider of R 500 for the assay wanted for testing.
The package Corosure has been commercialised by Newtech Medical Devices.
According to the crew at IIT Delhi, the present testing strategies accessible are “probe-based”, whereas the one developed by them is a “probe-free” technique, which reduces the testing price with out compromising on accuracy.
Using comparative sequence analyses, the IIT Delhi crew recognized distinctive areas (brief stretches of RNA sequences) within the COVID-19 and SARS COV-2 genome.
“These unique regions are not present in other human coronaviruses providing an opportunity to specifically detect COVID-19,” Professor Vivekanandan Perumal, lead member of the crew, had mentioned.
“Primer sets, targeting unique regions in the spike protein of COVID-19, were designed and tested using real-time polymerase chain reaction. The primers designed by the group specifically bind to regions conserved in over 200 fully sequenced COVID-19 genomes. The sensitivity of this in-house assay is comparable to that of commercially available kits,” Perumal added. PTI