In collaboration with its European partner University of Salerno, we are developing a kit for the sensitive, rapid, and inexpensive diagnosis of Covid-19 infection.
Tissue Click project has been co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency under the competitive funding scheme UKRI Open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19.
Dr. Anna Guildford, company’s Technology Exploitation Manager said: “Unlike the existing methods based on the detection of the virus genetic material or of the antibody produced by infected patients, our technology is based on the capture, concentration, and detection of the virus in saliva or swab samples through magnetic nanoparticles presenting at their surface molecules capable of recognising the virus. The kit will be designed for non-skilled operators to test up to 50 patients in only 30 min at the point of care and without the need for sophisticated and expensive equipment”.
Prof Matteo Santin, founder and Director of the company and Professor at the University of Brighton observed: “Our kit aims to enable mass screening of the population so enabling the safe reopening of schools, offices and leisure places and the swift adoption of prevention measures. The kit has the potential to become the key to a successful track and trace system”.