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The effort, called INNO4COV-19, was awarded €6.1 million last month to support the commercialization of new diagnostics.

Color Genomics' kit is designed for the unmonitored self-collection of nasal swab specimens for SARS-CoV-2 testing.

The tests are designed to detect viral RNA in individual respiratory specimens, while BayCare's tests can be used with pooled samples.

The scientists received backing in the form of a €2.4 million EU grant this month and have founded a company, called Biopix-T, to commercialize the platform.

screening assay NEB colorimetric reagents

Grassroots efforts are leading the way in a number of commercial and non-commercial screening tests in development.

The point-of-care test is based on technology developed at the Columbia University Fertility Center for preimplantation genetic testing.

The company is also working on a diagnostic COVID-19 test, called LamPore, that will run on its MinIon and GridIon nanopore sequencing platforms

The test does not require thermal cycling and uses a colorimetric readout, making it more amenable to high-throughput automation and rapid scale-up, the company said.

Assays like SwabSeq, Dx-Seq, and LAMP-Seq promise to analyze tens to hundreds of thousands of samples in parallel but might be constrained by sample availability.

A handful of rapid 2019-nCoV assays are in the works which could help triage patients more effectively and avoid unnecessary quarantines.

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