A Startup of RUSNANO’s FIEP Creates Analyser to Identify Presence of Virus within 30 Minutes
Specialists from Troitsk Engineering Centre (part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies and a subsidiary of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP, a member of the RUSNANO Group) have developed an analyser, which can detect within 30 minutes the presence of harmful viruses, including the new SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, in the environment and in liquid biological samples.
The device, which has been given the name BIO-Indicator, was developed in response to a commission from, and in partnership with, the I.M. Pirogov Russian State Medical University. The work was performed as part of the Federal Target Programme for the Creation of a National Chemical and Biological Safety System. Test versions of the device, along with the required chemicals, have been issued.
The BIO-Indicator analyser for the detection of viruses
The BIO-Indicator analyser uses the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a highly accurate molecular and genetic diagnosis method, and is able to identify up to four different types of pathogen at the same time. A test can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. The researchers also developed a range of test systems in the form of microfluidic cartridges for use with the devices, including tests capable of identifying the new SARS-COV-2 coronavirus.
“This device allows us to do tests very quickly - in just 30 minutes. A few days ago it was presented to Veronika Skvortsova (head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency). It scored very highly, which gives us grounds for optimism. Our task is to complete the clinical tests as quickly as possible and get the devices approved,” said Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Board of RUSNANO’s FIEP in a live interview on the Russia 24 television channel.
“The Troitsk Engineering Centre will be ready to start mass production of these devices by the middle of the summer, and if necessary it will be able to make use of the investment and technical opportunities afforded by the infrastructure of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies in order to scale up its production capacity,” confirmed Denis Kovalevich, General Director of the Centre.
RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 119 factories and R&D Centers opened in 38 regions in Russia.
Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.
Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.
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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).
For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru