TestGene Ships Ten Thousand Tests for Coronavirus Diagnosis to Ulyanovsk Region
On 19 May, Governor Sergey Morozov visited ULNANOTECH nanocenter and inspected the laboratory that organized mass production of the new type of COVID-19 tests.
The head of the region said, “TestGene has been working for eight years to help residents of the Ulyanovsk Region and the whole Russia. It creates and manufactures world-class test systems that save thousands of people every year. Today, when the pandemic rages around the world, the company continues its difficult but very important and necessary work. Thanks to the professional approach, it has become possible to create a unique test system in a short time frame, thanks to which we will provide hospitals of our country with high-quality and accurate rapid test kits in the nearest future. I would like to mention that this success is the result of our and ROSNANO innovative policy focused on active support of high technologies. The unique solution created by ULNANOTECH will boost testing for residents of the region and improve the quality of early detection of coronavirus. Now 11 medical laboratories carry out the necessary procedure in the Ulyanovsk region. Their total capacity is 1600 tests per day. We have purchased several special robots for our laboratories. This will allow to increase the number of testing up to 3.5 thousand items per day. TestGene decided to donate 10 thousand tests - 5 thousand today and 5 thousand more in June - to the region, which deserves special recognition. These testing kits will be of great help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus disease.”
Ulyanovsk Nanocenter is a subsidiary of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation and is part of the investment network of nanotechnological centers of RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. It supports technology entrepreneurship during the early stages, searches for technologies, creates and sales technological start-ups. TestGene is a resident of the Ulyanovsk Nanocenter and a member of the Dimitrovgrad Nuclear Innovation Cluster. The company is engaged in development and production of innovative test systems.
“Mass medical testing will remain a common practice for all major industries for a long time, it will be part of our daily life. TestGene has created one of the best teams in the country working in the field of molecular genetics. Their new test will help to fulfill Vladimir Putin's assignment to expand testing for coronavirus infection as Russia's coronavirus lockdown measures will be gradually lightened. Even now TestGene can produce more than 1 million tests per month and is ready to increase its output to 2 million items. This is a significant result considering the fact that about 7 million tests were made throughout Russia over two months,” - said Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company.
Andrey Toropovsky, Director General of OOO "TestGene", told the Governor about advantages of the test system, the production capacity and the plans to ship tests to the regions. In addition, foreign partners of TestGene have already announced their desire to purchase the new product. A European Certificate of Conformity has been issued to bring these test kits to foreign markets. This document confirms that products comply with the requirements of the European Union.
Andrey Toropovsky explained, “When developing our kit, we used modern high-productivity fermentation that significantly reduces time required for analysis and increases its accuracy by 96%. If the biomaterial is gathered and analyzed correctly, the test is highly likely to determine the presence or absence of coronavirus infection. Independent clinical trials carried by the Head Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology under FMBA of Russia confirmed this. And thanks to its improved composition, the test system is able to detect even the minimum amount of virus; that is why it can be used for early diagnosis. Over the next month, we are planning to manufacture up to 50 thousand tests per day, and if necessary, to increase this number up to two million items per month in the future.”