A Mumbai-based startup, Patanjali Pharma, is prepared to launch its cheap Rapid Antigen Test Kit that features COVID-19 identification & Protection for Rs 100 for each test.

The kit developed by Patanjali Pharma will match the golden standard RTPCR & Rapid antigen tests and also make it among the most economical ones out there on the marketplace.

The Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH), an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), affirmed the startup would create rapid Covid-19 diagnostics both quick antibody and antigen tests for surveillance and early identification of Covid- 19, respectively.

Dr. Vinay Saini, Director, Patanjali Pharma, incubated the Startup at Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay, and developed the R & D laboratory and products within 8 9 weeks. They applied for the necessary licenses and assessed and verified that the goods at different Covid Centres understood and further enhanced their efficiency.

It had been a wonderful experience to perform inner endorsement of our medical products in Covid-19 patients and Viral Transport Medium (VTM) samples comprising nasopharyngeal swabs of all Covid patients. I followed my group members for numerous tests for products to increase their confidence up, Dr. Vinay Saini said.

The startup plans to establish the fast Covid-19 antigen tests in early June 2021. The Quick Covid-19 evaluations within 10-15 minutes will be helpful for early identification of Covid-19 in rural places, physician’s clinics, and restriction areas where pathology and diagnostic labs aren’t offered. The evaluation is cheap and could be handy to control the pandemic.

Currently, they are focusing on Quick Covid-19 antibody tests, Quick TB Tests with DST SEED Grant for BRICS Countries, CRISPR established Covid 19 evaluations through Covid 19 Ignition Grant-Indo US Job under IUSSTF with University of Florida, USA).