COVID-19 environmental testing kit available in U.S.

May 25, 2020 //By Rich Pell
COVID-19 environmental testing kit available in U.S.
AI and biotechnology electronics company Hyris has announced the availability in the U.S. of its environmental testing kit to analyze coronavirus environmental contamination.

The kit, based on the company's bCUBE portable DNA analysis platform, identifies contaminated, non-porous hard surfaces on site or in a distributed deployment and can produce multiple simultaneous test results in about 90 minutes, allowing businesses to validate that their coronavirus disinfection procedures used in workplaces and customer facing premises are effective.

"We are working globally with companies on strategies to assist with safe reopening of businesses in their efforts to recover and restart the economy," says Stefano Lo Priore, Hyris CEO. "As businesses are navigating how to resume activities, one of their biggest concerns is to ensure that their premises and products are safe for employees and customers."

"Our environmental testing kit builds on our proven technology platform, the bCUBE, to quickly and efficiently analyze surfaces to validate presence or absence of virus," says Lo Priore. "Its affordable price, fast results, ease of use and advanced AI software architecture differentiate our approach from others, and enable testing 'at the edge' to deliver results in near real time inside facilities and businesses where it is needed.”

The bCUBE is a miniaturized device using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology with an advanced operating system that runs on a smartphone or tablet. It has an integrated AI module for data diagnostics that is run by a user-friendly web app that manages the data in the cloud, and is compatible with all major operating systems.

The bCUBE environmental testing kit is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) developed and recommended protocol for coronavirus tests, which have been adopted by major diagnostic centers fighting the pandemic. It is a turnkey product that includes specially developed swabs for environmental hard surface samplings such as door handles, keyboards, food-prep counters, and more.

The kit is intended for all industries and services, transportation and epidemiological monitoring companies, and can be used for testing coronavirus as well as applications

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