Hawaii News Now – COVID-19 Spit Test
Oceanit welcomed Hawaii News Now to our Downtown Honolulu labs to introduce the ASSURE-19 rapid diagnostic test. Pat Sullivan, CEO of Oceanit joined HNN host, Mahealani Richardson to discuss our recent progress, participation in NIH’s RADx program.
the NIH program is a $1.5 Billion investment program to speed the development of quick, accessible, and novel COVID-19 tests. Oceanit presented to the NIH panel in June and we are now awaiting further notice regarding a decision on funding for our ASSURE project work. Oceanit’s “spit test” is a novel COVID-19 testing approach requires no blood samples, nasal swabs, or lab equipment with days-long waiting times. We measure our spit test results not in weeks, days, or even hours, but in minutes with 97% specificity to the COVID-19 virus.
“We proposed a simple Spit-in-A-Cup-Test that is fast, cheap and accurate, which could be used to simply test at home, at school, at work, or airports,” says Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Oceanit’s CEO. “It doesn’t require any equipment and produces a result in about 10 minutes. However, using our Image AI app, the result could arrive even faster, perhaps in just a few minutes. Our goal is to have this working on August 1st, but we will also have to clear the necessary testing and approval hurdles .”
Watch the segment and read the article here: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/07/01/spit-test-could-be-covid-game-changer-says-honolulu-company/