Russian Company Registers Country’s First Coronavirus Express Test

Russian biopharmaceutical company Generium, located in the Vladimir Region, has registered the first Russian-made coronavirus infection express test, developed by the Medical Biological Union Group, the company announced Monday, according to RBC.

“Generium’s innovative coronavirus express test, developed by the Medical Biological Union, has been registered by the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare. This is the first domestic-made express test, which enables the detection of the coronavirus with 94% precision within 40 minutes using standard equipment,” the company claims in a statement.

Generium explained that, unlike other tests, based on the polymerase chain reaction, the new test system uses the loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method. Its implementation reduces the analysis time by more than 66%, and also reduces the chance of an accidental specimen switch thanks to the reduction of the number of preparation stages.

“The preliminary processing takes about 35 minutes, and the amplification will take another 25 minutes. Therefore, the result for one specimen should be ready within 1 hour,” the press service said, adding that the test is already being shipped to Russia’s regions.

“On Friday, April 3, the tests were shipped to 16 initial regions. Every day, we ship the system to new regions, and we plan to cover 80-90% of the country by the end this week,” the source said.

The company plans to produce up to 500,000 tests per week.

“Our current [production] capabilities are minimal right now, but we plan to increase it to 500,000 tests per week,” the source said, without providing additional details.

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