Mysuru researchers develop instant COVID-19 testing kit


Mysuru, June 07, 2021 ( With the help of the researchers of the reputed University of Mysore, a Hyderabad-based company has developed a very simple instant COVID-19 testing kit.
This is the first time a research team has undertaken the study for the benefit of the people during this pandemic period and has been successful in their venture.
Dr. S. Chandranayak, Convener, Vignana Bhavana, University of Mysore, and Dr. C.D. Mohan, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology researched under the guidance of Prof. K.S. Rangappa, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore, and Chemistry Professor. Prof. G. Hemanth Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore stood like a backbone and extended all the required support to the research team.
Addressing a press meet in Mysuru today, Prof. K.S. Rangappa explained, “Noticing the panic and problems caused by the deadly Coronavirus on the mankind we decided to help the people in some way and started researching. Prof. G. Hemanth Kumar, UoM helped us a lot and also suggested we do something so that it will helpful for all. Following this, we discussed with Dr. Venkataramana of the Telangana-based Larwen Biologics Pvt. Ltd and researched in association with them. Experience of research works about cancer inspired us to undertake this new research. This COVID-19 testing kit is a result of our one-year’s efforts.”
It is an Antigen Rapid Detection Test kit and is very easy to use. Just like the pregnancy test it gives you an instant result that is 90% accurate! It is a small kit consisting of tools required for the test. The test is also a simple procedure.
The kit consists of a barcode strip linked with an application. As soon as the barcode is scanned the health condition of the patient will be renewed in the server. It helps the administrative institute to identify COVID positive cases very soon. “We have sent the kit for approval to the Government of India. The kit has been developed inspired by the ‘Make in India,’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bahrat Abhiyan’ and with this theme. The price of the kit will be very less as it is developed by the University (which is a government body),” he explained.