Datametrex AI (TSXV: DM) this morning announced that it has secured the rights to sell and distribute a rapid antigen detection kit from South Korean manufacturer PCL Inc. The main benefit of the test is that with 97% accuracy, they produce results in as little as 5 to 10 minutes with no extra equipment being required for the consumer.
The test hosts advantages over others on the market solely as a result of the rapid testing nature of the product, combined with the lack of additional equipment being needed to conduct the test. The test is a method of measuring the presence of a COVID-19 infection via an in-vitro diagnostic medical device. It detects antigen of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a persons oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal secretions. Like a simple pregnancy test, if antigens are found a colored line appears in the T line area.
It’s said that the test has a clinical sensitivity, i.e., the ability to confirm the actual positive of the approved person, of 100%, and the clinical specificity, i.e the ability to confirm the actual negative of the negative person, of 97.78%. The antigen test has been awarded numerous certifications, including CE, Korea FDA, UNGM and more. It’s also been approved by the EU, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Colombia.
“According to the manufacturer, PCL, this test can detect antigens of COVID-19 from a swab in the nose or throat and provide results in 10 minutes with over 97% accuracy. These almost-instant kits can be easily used at home. With the rise of cases in the United States and throughout the world, we at Datametrex believes it is critical to test and protect.”Marshall Gunter, CEO of Datametrex
The strong benefit of the instant antigen kits that require no additional equipment, is that they can be conducted at home easily, with nearly instant results. This eliminates excessive wait times as high as 3-5 days or more previously experienced by individuals that have had other forms of COVID-19 tests performed.
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