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P.PORTO in project for rapid detection of Covid-19


This innovative test will allow detecting the presence of the virus quickly, in a maximum of two hours, and at a low cost

The Cdots Biosensing COVID-19 project is finalizing the creation of a biosensor (test) to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

This portable system will detect the new coronavirus in approximately 20 minutes (from sample collection to detection), it will be cheaper than current tests using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and will not require the involvement of specialized personnel. Part of the development of this prototype will be carried out by academic entities and the test will be validated at Hospital Centers.

The researchers are already beginning preparations for the development of the prototype of the biosensor, which may become part of the National Diagnostic Network for SARS-CoV-2 and other diagnostic laboratories certified for this purpose.

This innovative device, developed in consortium, involves the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto | ISEP, Polytechnic School of Engineering of Porto, the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), REQUIMTE - Chemistry and Technology Network, the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, the Clinical Pathology Service of the Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes Alto Douro and the Clinical Pathology Service of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário da Cova da Beira, and is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology with 30,000 euros.

The project is among the ten finalists for the prestigious Manuel António da Mota award, which, in this 11th edition, will highlight the institutions that stand out in the fight against the epidemic crisis and its consequences in different areas of society. This award distinguishes the importance and impact that projects have on the community, in promoting a more just, cohesive and solidary society.