New Delhi, Oct 10: Equine Biotech, a start-up incubated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit ‘GlobalTM diagnostic kit’ for accurate and affordable diagnosis of COVID-19.
The test kit, based on Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), the gold standard for COVID-19 diagnosis, has been approved for use in authorised COVID19 diagnostic labs by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
“The test takes about 1.5 hours to confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in patient samples”, said Utpal Tatu, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, IISc, and founder of Equine Biotech. “Our startup has been working on testing for coronavirus infections for many years, even before the COVID-19 pandemic started. This experience has helped us engineer the kit for COVID-19,” Tatu added.
” Somewhere in the month of March our honourable Prime minister called upon the Nations scientific community to work towards diagnosing and eradicating the pandemic COVID19, Prof Tatu our director took it upon himself and inspite of hindrances posed by the lockdown worked tirelessly with his team, his decades of experience in infectious diseases in general and rock solid work in PCR Diagnostics resulted in this highly effective product, I am sanguine that it’ll aide in early detection and subsequent treatment of the disease” said Col. Shakti Rathore ( Retd), CEO, Equine Biotech Pvt Ltd.