Canadian Company Develops 60-Second Ebola Testing Kit

RICHMOND, BC /CNW/ – bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease diagnostic tests, has successfully developed a pre-clinical prototype diagnostic test for the rapid detection of antibodies to the Ebola Zaire strain responsible for the current outbreak in West Africa.

Canadian Company Develops 60-Second Ebola Testing Kit (CNW Group/bioLytical Laboratories)
Canadian Company Develops 60-Second Ebola Testing Kit (CNW Group/bioLytical Laboratories)

The prototype is based upon the Company’s proven, accurate, and highly accepted INSTI rapid test platform, which is capable of providing results in as little as 60 seconds.

“We are very excited about what our research and development team has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” says bioLytical’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christopher Shackleton.

“There is clearly a pressing need for a diagnostic test that can rapidly and accurately detect the presence of this potentially deadly infection as early as possible and in diverse testing environments. We also believe that the speed of our INSTI platform will offer considerable advantages as compared to slower point-of-care assays when it comes to the screening of large numbers of subjects in the field as well as in those settings where time is a significant constraint such as travel points of entry.”

bioLytical Chairman Robert Mackie adds, “This test is a significant step forward in the battle to contain the current Ebola epidemic, and bioLytical is continuing to work with international authorities to ensure that we’re contributing to the containment efforts.”

bioLytical Laboratories is a privately owned Canadian biotechnology company engaged in the development and manufacture point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests.  Its flagship product is the 60-second INSTI™ HIV1/HIV2 antibody test – the world’s fastest.

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