Chengdu-based Biotech Company Developed Reagent Test Kit for New Coronavirus in a week

Authors: Go Chengdu

2020-02-02

The Sichuan Maccura Biotechnology Co., Ltd. based in Chengdu developed a reagent test kit for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) within a week.
The Sichuan Maccura Biotechnology Co., Ltd., based in the Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone, recently developed a reagent test kit for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which will effectively help to speed up the diagnosis process and control the spread of the epidemic.
 reagent test kit for the novel coronavirus
Long Tengxiang, biological reagent R & D director at Maccura said in a media interview that with great efforts, a R & D team of the company developed the test kit within a week. Just after the outbreak of the pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, the company was immediately aware of the urgency of developing the diagnosis reagent test kit. Before the full genome sequence was announced, it decided to start the R&D program on January 8. After the release of the whole genome sequence of the virus, the team members sacrificed their Chinese New Year holiday to the hard work, and finally, they successfully developed the first reagent test kit for the new coronavirus in southwest China on January 27.
 reagent test kit for the novel coronavirus
According to Mr. Long, compared with other similar products on the market, the reagent test kit developed by Maccura have four advantages: high accuracy, strong security, short detection time, as well as wide range of application.
Now, the company is stepping up its clinical trials and is making active preparations for the registration with the China National Medical Products Administration. Once approved, it can generate a production capacity for 20,000 people per day.
 reagent test kit for the novel coronavirus  reagent test kit for the novel coronavirus
"Founded in 1994, Maccura has been focusing on the research and manufacture of clinical IVD products, and has developed more than 400 diagnostic products so far, " said Mr. Long, who leads the R & D team with a total of 278 members. Thirty of them, at an average age of less than 30, are the core members for the research and development of the reagent test kit for the new coronavirus. And over 80% of them hold a master's degree or above and are overseas returnees.
(photo by Liu Haiyun)

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