The tests being used to date, according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines involve long and time-consuming protocols and expensive banch equipment. Moreover, it is required highly trained laboratory personnel proficient in performing real-time RT-PCR assays and interpreting the results.
What it does
The aim of this project is to develop a cheaper, easier to handle and faster test for detecting SARS-CoV-2. Therefore, with this project, we aim to facilitate the entire procedure by the elimination of several long steps of the actual procedure and providing a new portable device based on lab-on-chip technologies that will allow an easier interpretation of the results, based only on colour changes, visible at naked eye. Thus, no highly trained laboratory personnel will be required to perform this test and to understand the results.
Challenges I ran into
Interpreting all the data available on the detection of SARS-CoV-2 protocols made available the last few days, in order to optimize the idea of this project.
Find the right partnership to develop a portable and ease to use device.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Being able to describe an easier and faster protocol for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.
Find the right collaboration that will develop a portable device to perform part of the protocol.
What I learned
It is possible to perform an idea with the right multidisciplinary collaborations.
What's next for LAMP for Covid-19
Finding funding to test the protocol.
Getting support from institutions to perform the tests.
Test the protocol for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.
Test the portable device to perform the LAMP reaction.
Getting CDC approval to perform the test.