A brand new “quick and correct” coronavirus antibody check has been developed by scientists in Scotland and Switzerland.
Quotien mentioned every serological screening machine has capability for as much as three,000 assessments a day and produces ends in 35 minutes with 99.eight% accuracy.
The blood-screening agency is now eager to carry talks with UK ministers amid curiosity from Europe for the machines.
The Scottish authorities mentioned it can discover “all choices” as they turn out to be obtainable.
Quotient mentioned the check can spot whether or not an individual has developed antibodies to Covid-19.
Understanding immunity might assist ease lockdown whether it is clear who shouldn’t be susceptible to catching or spreading the virus.
Chief govt Franz Walt was managing director of the Singapore-based Roche Laboratory which developed the primary diagnostic check for Sars in 2003.
He mentioned: “We’re really proud to have developed such a quick and correct check. That is an excellent efficiency by our groups in each Edinburgh and Switzerland.
“We now wish to make it possible for we may also help as many individuals as doable as rapidly as doable. We now have robust roots within the UK and wish to communicate to ministers there so MosaiQ can be utilized within the wonderful nationwide effort to sort out coronavirus and relaunch the economic system.
“We realise ministers and the NHS are extremely busy however are eager to speak given the robust curiosity from throughout Europe within the product.”
European regulatory approval
Quotient mentioned it has 12 screening machines obtainable which may course of as much as 36,000 assessments a day or 252,000 per week.
An extra 20 are anticipated to be prepared by the top of the yr.
The agency’s headquarters are in Eysins, Nyon, however its Scottish analysis division relies in Penicuik, Midlothian. It additionally has a company workplace in Edinburgh.
Whereas the UK authorities says it has laboratory functionality to check for coronavirus immunity, it’s at the moment getting used for survey testing of present blood samples and the capability shouldn’t be identified.
Additionally it is making an attempt to develop residence testing kits, slightly than requiring evaluation in laboratories, however to date these have proved unreliable.
On Friday, Quotient obtained European regulatory approval for the MosaiQ serological screening machines.
It claims they’ve 100% sensitivity and 99.eight% specificity, that means there’s a low probability of a misinterpret or “false constructive”.
Ed Farrell, chief working officer on the Edinburgh workplace, mentioned: “We’re extremely pleased with all our work right here in Scotland and Switzerland.
“We have such a wealthy historical past right here and we hope we are able to now make a distinction at this difficult time.”
A Scottish authorities spokesman mentioned: “Well being Safety Scotland, with key companions, discover all choices round new antibody assessments as they turn out to be obtainable available on the market.
“The Scottish authorities is working carefully with the UK authorities to make sure that everybody is ready to entry new antibody assessments once they turn out to be obtainable.
“It’s important that any new assessments are dependable, and time is required to undertake rigorous analysis so that there’s confidence that assessments are correct.”