The point-of-care (PoC) testing of virus DNA or antibodies is considered the holy grail of medical diagnostics. The idea however, is relatively simple: a sample is taken and the test is performed near patient and within minutes you have a result. With highly infectious diseases such as the coronavirus, being able to test on the spot in e.g. a patient's home can be life saving, and there is no time-consuming and expensive lab work involved.
The aim is to have SARS-CoV-2 testing devices in doctors’ offices, which yield reliable test results within 5 minutes. The device will be built around a photonic biochip using LioniX International’s mature and proven silicon nitride based integrated optics technology (TriPleX™). The ultimate goal is to make a test for the masses- a widely available, disposable test, which can be read out in a hand-held PoC device and will only cost a few euros.