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Visby Medical Presents New Portable PCR COVID-19 Test Kit at 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 29 Sep 2021
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Image: New Portable PCR COVID-19 Test Kit from Visby Medical (Photo courtesy of Visby Medical)
Image: New Portable PCR COVID-19 Test Kit from Visby Medical (Photo courtesy of Visby Medical)

Visby Medical (San Jose, CA, USA) presented its new portable PCR COVID-19 test kit at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

AACC's annual meeting which was held this year in Atlanta on September 26-30 is the world's largest lab medicine conference with nearly 20,000 participants from more than 100 countries. Visby has become the first company to be granted FDA EUA for a portable PCR COVID-19 test kit, which it has named Personal PCR. Since the last seven years, Adam de la Zerda, the founder and CEO of Visby, has been working on shrinking the traditional PCR testing machine which is the size of a large microwave to a portable size that would fit in the palm. By bringing the power of the lab in the palm of the hand, the portable Personal PCR has the potential to be used by anyone, anywhere.

A sample taken via a nasal swab is inserted into the kit which features LED lights that indicate the test is running and alerts when it is completed. Visby’s portable Personal PCR test goes anywhere to deliver the serious infection result needed in less than 30 minutes. The single-use test with less than two minutes of hands-on time is easy to use, and delivers fast and accurate result right at the point of need. Visby’s Personal PCR is currently limited to lab use, although the company’s ultimate goal is to make the test available over the counter to anyone, anywhere at an affordable price.

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