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Rapid testing via finger prick

A: Not for current challenges

We currently have the availability to test for the IgG & IgM antibody via finger prick to results cassette rather than swab and PCR based testing. 

This way of testing has been approved bt the FDA in the USA and also is being used in Canada, Spain and Netherlands. 

The Rapid based test would be a great way f training people that are positive for the IgM antibody and then we could focus the swabs on to the people that actually need the service, thus limiting the requirement for such a high number of swabs. 


Have you validated this method, if so, how and what were the results of the validation?

Yes, this service has been tested and validated.We conducted testing in the confines of 3 care homes and the requirement for PCR testing was reduced by 72%. 

The cost of the kits are much more cost effective than the PCR testing and a result can be given in a 10 minute window and the data uploaded in to a portal that can be accessed by the PHE or the DHSC. 

How quickly could this be deployed and what are the dependencies?

We would need to do a little bit of work with the approved data collecting bodies to link our data portal to theirs via an API, but with our ondsite IT team, this is quite a quick fix. 

The swab alternatives are available and we can dispatch 100K per day to the areas that need them the most. Already have a surplus of 500K plus. 

What is the likely production volume?

700,000 per week is the current output. We would be happy to partner with other rapid testing manufacturers, as long as they have the same accuracy standards as us. 

What are the risks and barriers to using this at scale?

I honestly cant really see any serious down sides. 

Its more cost effective, can be distributed easily and efficiently there is no requirement to post back samples, (unless they require a PCR test) data can all be gathered remotely and as the price point is low so multiple test can be completed if patient is actually negative. 

Who are you already partnering with on this?

No one yet, just the manufacturer of the service. 

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Bev Matthews May 23, 2020

Status label added: A: Not for current challenges

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Bev Matthews May 23, 2020

Hello Andrew, your solution has been assessed and decided that it doesn't quite fit for this challenge right now. Please do keep and eye out for future challenges and thank you for your submission. Bev

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