PITTSBURGH (KDKA): A Novel Rapid Coronavirus Antibody Test Developed in a Collaborative Effort between Carnegie University Mellon, Pitt and UPMC.
According to the CMU researchers, the test would give results in 10-15 seconds.
The test, which could detect two antibodies to the virus responsible for COVID-19, would require a drop of blood from a person's fingertip, which via a handheld device would send the results to a smartphone.
The device is about the size of a quarter and the researchers say 3D printing technology is responsible for the efficiency and accuracy of the test.
It is also believed to have a very low error rate because the reaction between antibody and antigen on the device is very selective.
Two other positives about the device: A CMU researcher says the device's cost to manufacture is low. It could have up to 10 uses and is already a provisional patent and is close to human trials.
Those human trials would be conducted at UPMC.