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    Portable genetic test for COVID-19

    • Using a nasal swab or saliva specimen, this portable genetic test uses biotechnology to determine in minutes, anywhere, anytime, if a person has COVID-19 or not

    • Designed and developed in Singapore, the test is commercially-ready*

    MEDIA RELEASE

    30 November 2020, SINGAPORE — Cell ID Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-incorporated med-tech company, is selling a palm-sized portable genetic test kit that uses an app on a laptop to detect, anywhere, at any time, if a person has COVID-19. Called the Quiz PCR Biochip, the test uses biotechnology to perform two tests at a time outside of the laboratory.

     

    Positive results are confirmed in as fast as five minutes and negative results are returned within an hour. A QR code on the biochip also offers traceability which allows healthcare providers to quickly identify, and electronically deliver the test results to the person being tested.

     

    “Quiz PCR Biochips are affordable, single-use genetic tests that can detect COVID-19, anywhere at any time,” says the inventor, Xander Sim, who is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Cell ID. “Currently, we can manufacture 8.5 million biochips in a month, which is 17 million tests.”

     

    To operate the test, less than two hours of training is required. The test requires a tiny amount (10µl) of a nasal swab or saliva specimen to be applied to the biochip, which when plugged into a laptop, runs a real-time RT-LAMP assay for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. Two genetic tests are able to run concurrently using the same or different protocol - PCR tests or RT-LAMP assay. The biochips are hot-swappable, meaning that the pairs of tests can run on demand without the waiting time associated with batch processing.

     

    “We designed the Quiz PCR Biochip to be free of the cold-chain limitations of conventional tabletop PCR tests found in laboratories,” added Sim. “The Quiz PCR Biochip is capable of thermocycling for PCR tests, as well as single temperature operation for RT-LAMP assay. Our RT-LAMP assay fully meets the 95%CI accuracy standard.”

     

    The efficacy of the biochips has been tested in Singapore in collaboration with local healthcare agencies at two quarantine facilities (EXPO and a foreign workers dormitory) between July and October 2020. And separately, a third-party laboratory validated the test’s efficacy in Switzerland in November 2020.

     

    *Subject to regulatory approval

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    Quiz PCR Biochip for COVID-19

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    Set up for testing using Quiz PCR Biochip for COVID-19

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  • Whitepapers

    The background stories to the development of the Quiz PCR Biochip. For media use.

  • How it Works

    Quiz PCR Biochip for COVID-19

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    Nasal Swab

    The test requires a tiny amount (10µl) of nasal swab specimen to be applied to the Quiz PCR Biochip.

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    Run test

    The biochip inserts into the POCHE dongle, to plug into a USB port on a laptop, which then runs the Quiz App to perform a real-time RT-LAMP assay for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

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    Results

    Positive results for COVID-19 are confirmed in as fast as five minutes, and negative results are returned within an hour.

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    Contact Trace

    A QR code on the biochip offers traceability, which allows healthcare providers to quickly identify, and electronically deliver the test results to the person being tested.

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    Quiz PCR Biochip Fact Sheet

    Quiz PCR Biochip for COVID-19

    Portable genetic test

    • Using a nasal swab specimen, this portable genetic test uses biotechnology to determine in minutes, anywhere, anytime, if a person has COVID-19 or not
    • Quiz PCR Biochips are economical and operate without expensive equipment
    • Tests can be run anywhere, at any time
    • Designed and developed in Singapore, the commercially-ready* test sells for significantly low prices, depending on volume required (*subject to regulatory approval)

    1 Laptop. 150 tests.

    • Each Quiz PCR Biochip can run 2 tests on one USB port
    • A single laptop set-up can perform up to 150 RT-LAMP reactions simultaneously, using 75 USB ports
    • Samples to result in up to 60 mins. Positive results return in as fast as 5 minutes, or negative results within 60 minutes

    PCR tests or RT-LAMP assay

    • Quiz is a molecular-based Platform Technology for Point of Care diagnostics
    • Quiz PCR Biochips run both PCR tests and RT-Lamp assay
    • To test for COVID-19, the RT-LAMP assay is designed to run either as a single test or multiple tests using the Quiz Biochip POC PCR platform which requires the POCHE dongle and Quiz App software
    • Two (2) tests per biochip can be performed simultaneously, with different protocols
    • RT-LAMP fully meets the 95%CI accuracy standard

    Kit Components

    The Quiz SARS-CoV-2 NAT test contains:

    • Quiz PCR biochip (PCR-On-Chip)
    • LAMP Beads (Reagents, Controls) and other materials for 50 RT LAMP reactions
    • POCHE (C-P11-01/C-P12-01), a USB dongle that controls the RT-LAMP processes on the Quiz PCR biochip
    • Quiz App (S-S11-01) is the App that runs on Windows OS based laptops and desktops, for PCR, test data collection, storage, and transmission
    • The kit is compact and scalable (POCHE dimension: 104mm (L) x 59mm (W) x 18mm (H))

    Quiz App

    • The Quiz App application is intended for professional use with minimal training.
    • It runs on Windows OS based laptops and desktops, for PCR, test data collection, storage, and transmission

    No cold chain required

    • No cold chain is required for storage or transportation.
    • LAMP Beads can be stored or transported at temperatures ranging from 4°C to 30°C
    • Cell ID can manufacture 8.5 million Quiz PCR Biochips a month, which equals 17 million tests
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