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DARPA program managers said they are developing different testing modalities that are crucially linked in their objective to facilitate more comprehensive and faster testing.
The seven technologies feature different methods, including CRISPR and microfluidics, and can be performed in many settings and with a variety of sample types.
Caspr's assay can be transported at room temperature and performed without complex external equipment, making it ideal for low-resource environments.
The platform can detect a single virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time or more than 160 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in a small number of samples.
The company is in talks with potential partners in the US and China to validate the assay on clinical samples and deploy it at a large scale.
Two new grants are helping the company develop its SHERLOCK and INSPECTR technologies as the basis for creating innovative diagnostics.
The company said its test is faster, more precise, and cheaper than the current gold standard Cepheid GeneXpert test.
The company, founded in May 2018 and headquartered in Guangzhou in southern China, has developed a CRISPR-based rapid diagnostics platform for pathogen detection.
The companies also launched an early-access program for their first CRISPR-Chip-based product, the Genome Sensor.
The company launched last month with initial financing of $35 million and licenses to CRISPR and synthetic biology technology from the Broad and Harvard.