Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience says its speedy COVID-19 testing system has been permitted by Well being Canada after the corporate needed to recall and resubmit its product final yr.
The corporate had developed a conveyable system that promised to ship speedy outcomes and obtained federal approval in April 2020, however the system was recalled a month later after Well being Canada expressed considerations about its effectiveness.
Spartan resubmitted its system for approval in mid-December, following a number of scientific trials within the U.S. and Canada, the corporate mentioned.
On Saturday, Spartan Bioscience mentioned in a press release that it had obtained Well being Canada approval to promote its speedy testing system.
“The Spartan COVID-19 System gives the velocity and ease of use of a speedy take a look at, whereas utilizing the know-how of lab-based COVID-19 testing options,” the corporate mentioned. “The Spartan system will be capable to present high quality outcomes to distant communities, industries and settings with restricted lab entry, serving to relieve the burden on overwhelmed healthcare services.”
The corporate calls its Spartan COVID-19 System “the primary actually cellular, speedy PCR take a look at for COVID-19 for the Canadian market.”
Showing on CTV Information Channel on Saturday, Spartan Bioscience CEO Roger Eacock referred to as the system a sport changer.
“That is accessible and can be utilized anyplace you have got energy accessible,” he mentioned. “It is speedy, it’s totally small, and it’s totally correct, so we will distribute this proper throughout Canada in a short time.”
Eacock mentioned the system is also used to determine different variants of the virus.
“After evaluation of all of the viral sequences which are recognized of the brand new variants, all of the recognized strains of SARS-CoV-2 are anticipated to be detected by the Spartan COVID-19 System,” he mentioned.
Spartan says manufacturing of the testing gadgets has already begun and shipments to federal and provincial governments and to business companions would start instantly.