Siriraj prepares to launch ‘Covid test kit’ Rapid Test made by Thai people. Results can be seen in 15 minutes. Expected to be available for sale in August.

Covid test kit made by Thai people

Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University launches “innovative antigen test kit specific to the novel coronavirus disease 2019” by Thai researchers

inreportIt states that the technology has been transferred to produce and sell by Affinome Co., Ltd., the only Thai manufacturer from 24 FDA approved lists. The research team revealed that the test kit provides accurate results, can know the results in 15 minutes, is easy to use, and is cheap.

Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University has released the results of the study “Innovative antigen test kit specific to the novel coronavirus disease 2019” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anchalee Tangtrongchit, MD. along with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nithat Sukrung and a research team from the Center for Biomedical Innovation Design Department of Parasitology Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University has developed an innovative screening test kit for COVID-19 with the following qualifications:

  • cheap
  • easy to use
  • fast
  • Passed the efficacy evaluation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) successfully.

However, the medical device factory, Affinome Company Limited, was used as a technology transfer company for production and distribution. This is a test kit made by Thai people and produced in Thailand, the only one from a list of 24 companies that have been approved by the FDA.

Recently, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University has released the results of the study “Innovative antigen test kit specific to the novel coronavirus disease 2019” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anchalee Tangtrongchit, MD. along with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nithat Sukrung and a research team from the Center for Biomedical Innovation Design Department of Parasitology Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University Has developed an innovative COVID-19 screening kit that is cheap, easy to use, fast, successful and has passed the efficacy evaluation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The medical device factory, Affinome Company Limited, is a technology transfer company for production and distribution. This is a test kit made by Thai people and produced in Thailand, the only one from a list of 24 companies that have been approved by the FDA.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anchalee Tangtrongchit, MD. Head of Department of Parasitology Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital said that the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand has begun to spread widely. This makes traditional testing or RT-PCR in the laboratory insufficient. due to having to wait for the results for a long time The cost is quite high. and requires a large number of medical personnel causing the current to limit the number of inspectors

from such problems Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Research Team Mahidol University therefore studies and develops an innovative rapid test kit for coronavirus specific antigens or Antigen Test Kit that can be detected in the early stages of infection. which allows patients to receive prompt treatment It has been in operation since June 2020, collecting samples from covid patients in Siriraj Hospital together with samples from the Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital. Mahidol University according to the standards of the FDA, which were successfully developed in early 2021

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nithat Sukrung Head of Biomedical Innovation Design Center Department of Parasitology Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital said as the head of the research project that Highlights of the Antigen Test Kit by the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital It is a quick and easy assay based on the principle of immunochromatography. Immunochromatographic assay to detect viral-specific proteins in nasopharyngeal samples from patients. in a way that provides accurate test results 96 percent sensitivity, 100 percent specificity, without the use of laboratory instruments. The test takes only 15 minutes. In addition, the reagents included in this assay can kill the virus in 1 minute, so it does not affect the spread of pathogens when tested in the field.

“After receiving approval from the FDA, the manufacturer informed that in July this year It has a production capacity of 100,000 sets and in August will be able to produce another 200,000 sets. The first batch of production will be COVID testing kits for healthcare professionals. (Professional Use) to provide small or rural hospitals with access to proactive COVID screening that will lead to controlling the spread of germs The test kit for the general public (Home Use) is in the process of adjusting the form of easy and convenient use. suitable for common people It is expected to be able to produce and sell in August. The selling price is expected to be no more than 250-300 baht per set, which is a price that people can access.”

“In the meantime, the research team has expedited the production of demonstration video clips and explanations of the use of the test kit for the general public. for a proper understanding of the correct and safe procedures since sample collection Anterior nasal protrusion that must be approximately 2 cm deep. Spin the nose to complete the sample collected. including being immersed in a solution lateral flow readings and methods of storing and disposing of them so that they do not become infectious waste,” said the project leader.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nithat added that Test kits that collect samples from the anterior nasal prong are as effective as posterior nasal prongs. The Antigen Test Kit is a screening test for asymptomatic high-risk COVID-19 patients. Because this test can detect well in people with a high amount of infection. which can be detected in the early stages of infection (early detection), allowing patients to receive timely treatment and separating the patient from his family or the community to prevent infection in a timely manner It’s part of helping to control the epidemic. However, if the first test result is negative. Repeat examination 4-5 days after the first time, along with strict quarantine measures and observation of symptoms. If the test result is negative but has obvious symptoms See a doctor immediately to get a diagnosis.

The researchers hope that the developed coronavirus-specific antigen test kit will It will help the patient to be diagnosed quickly. and easy access to inspection This enables government agencies to issue measures to control and prevent the spread of the disease in a timely manner. and effective which is good for both the economy and society as a whole For academic information, please contact the Biomedical Innovation Design Center. Department of Parasitology Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University

However, the announcement of the Ministry of Public Health on the Antigen Test Kit, which the Minister of Public Health Signed and published in the Government Gazette on 12 July and with immediate effect. The hospital can proceed immediately when it is ready. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has disclosed a list of test kits for COVID-19, a type of Rapid Test, an antigen detection that has been licensed to produce/import from the FDA, with a total of 24 companies.

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