September 24, 2021

Covid testing: MSME Ministry to help commercialise, license this new technology for faster RT-PCR results

The technique has already received the approval of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Technology for MSMEs: The standard operating procedure and know-how of the indigenously developed saline gargle-based technique for testing of Covid samples has been transferred to the MSME Ministry to help commercialise and license it, the government said on Sunday. Developed in May this year by scientists at Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for RT-PCR testing, the non-invasive innovation includes a collection tube filled with saline solution. The patient has to gargle the solution and rinse it inside the tube instead of using a nasopharyngeal swab and oropharyngeal swab. As the country prepares itself for a possible third wave of the pandemic, the institute claimed results are generated…

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