May 2, 2020
To make RT-PCR Kits, the IICT is partnering with Hyderabad-based Genomix Biotech, which is already into manufacturing rapid diagnostic kits and PCR based molecular diagnostic assays. Senior scientists at IICT said the collaboration would bring down the cost of the PCR Kits and at the same time also make it readily available because at the moment, all the testing kits for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 are being imported.
“We are in the process of approaching the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for the required approvals and validation. There is no doubt that indigenously manufactured test kits will be affordable and readily available,” said senior principal scientist, IICT. Dr Anthony Addlagatta.
“We are ready to produce the kits at the earliest in Hyderabad. We need just regulatory permissions to start making them,” he said. Director, IICT, Dr. S Chandrasekhar said that the collaboration will enable to produce affordable quality RT-PCR kit and help meet the huge demand of the country during this COVID-19 pandemic.