German company Bosch said it had developed a COVID-19 testing system that reports the result in 39 minutes, calling it the fastest PCR-based testing technology in the world.
“Bosch has developed a new rapid test for its Vivalytic analytical instrument to detect the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. Thus, the test result is reliably established within 39 minutes – there are currently no faster tests in the world that work based on PCR (polymerase chain reaction method),” the press release says.
The company expects that its products will be used in mobile testing areas where you need to get an operational result, primarily at airports, in autobahn parking lots. According to the company, the product is already available for use in Europe. The new product was developed with the support of the Ministry of education and science. The sensitivity of the test is 98%, and the specificity is 100% (respectively, the test has a 98% probability of detecting those who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, and healthy people are determined with a 100% probability).
The first version of the testing system based on the Vivalytic device was developed in March and produced two and a half hours. The company plans to improve the technology further, so from October, one Vivalytic cartridge can be used for testing five people, which will increase the number of tests performed. By the end of the year, the company expects that the testing capacity of the enterprise will approach one million.