CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FluroTech Ltd. (TSXV: TEST) (OTCQB: FLURF), (“FluroTech” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that FluroTest Systems Ltd. (“FluroTest”) today released a white paper titled “The Evolving Role of Antigen Testing in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response.”
The report reviews the two basic types of diagnostic tests exist for SARS-CoV-2 virus detection, for which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs):
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests—also referred to as reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) tests—use a laboratory-based molecular approach to detect genetic material (ribonucleic acid, or RNA) from the virus in a nasal or throat swab or in saliva.
- Antigen tests, which may be performed at the point of care, detect specific proteins on or within the virus by testing a nasal swab or saliva sample.
While both provide diagnostic value and serve specific functions in the management of the pandemic, their relative roles and utility may be changing as innovations are introduced and test performance, capacity, and accessibility increase.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has acknowledged the vital role of antigen tests in the overall response to COVID-19, correctly characterizing them as rapid, point-of-care tests with high scalability. Given this, enhancing the accuracy of antigen testing has become a priority, and attempts to increase the sensitivity and utility of these tests have borne fruit.
The white paper chronicles recent developments in antigen testing as well as the importance of testing frequency in COVID-19 surveillance, notably frequent rapid testing of asymptomatic (i.e., potentially pre-symptomatic) individuals.
“The ability of existing COVID-19 diagnostic tests to identify active infections early, inform infection control measures, and prevent outbreaks—especially in closed congregate settings such as nursing homes and correctional facilities—is largely dependent upon the frequency of testing,” noted Dr. Mauricio Arias, R&D Director and Senior Scientist of FluroTech Ltd. “The benefits only increased when higher frequency testing models are deployed in cases with higher community transmission rate and higher infectiousness.”
High frequency antigen testing combined with less frequent PCR testing can benefit organizations serving large, concentrated populations and bearing significant pandemic risk, forcing them to incur consequential business disruptions and closures. Examples include, but are not limited to colleges and universities, hospitals & large healthcare complexes, athletic stadiums & large performance venues, corporate campus environments, large office buildings & complexes, shopping malls and centers, retail working warehouses, factories, food processing plants, airlines, as well as any public transportation hub such as subway entrances and airport terminals.
Readers are cautioned that, although FluroTest has achieved proof of concept prototype, the testing method and device is still in the early stages of research and development and accordingly FluroTest is not currently making any express or implied claims that the technology can, or will be able to, accurately detect the COVID-19 virus. The Platform is currently pending FDA approval. In addition, FluroTest requires additional capital in the near-term to further the development and deployment of its testing device and will be seeking equity investors and is exploring strategic partnerships in connection with the same.
Role of Antigen Testing White Paper
FluroTech’s proprietary spectroscopy-based technology allows for the testing and identification of organic and inorganic compounds contained within biological samples for specific applications. Using technology that was first developed at the University of Calgary, FluroTech has created a two-part solution comprised of its CompleTest™ platform technology and consumable testing kits. Its accuracy has been independently validated. FluroTech continues to develop additional applications for the CompleTestTM platform technology. To learn more, visit FluroTech.com
About FluroTest Systems Ltd.
Unlike firms developing individual tests for the detection of SARS-CoV2, FluroTest is developing a complete system for surge-scale testing of viruses and other pathogens to be deployed in environments where significant numbers of people need to be tested rapidly and frequently. By combining and leveraging the disciplines of robotics automation, biochemistry (antibody labeling and binding), fluorescence detection and cloud computing, FluroTest believes it is creating the first pandemic defense platform of its kind.
FluroTest is seeking additional capital in the near-term and will also be exploring strategic partnerships with manufacturing and distribution companies to advance the deployment of the patent pending platform it is developing. To learn more, visit FluroTest.com
|FluroTech Ltd.||FluroTest Systems Ltd.|
|Danny Dalla-Longa||William P. Phelan|
|Chief Executive Officer||Chief Executive Officer|
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This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information generally refers to information about an issuer’s business, capital, technology or operations that is prospective in nature, and includes future-oriented financial information about the issuer’s prospective financial performance or financial position. The forward-looking information in this news release includes disclosure about FluroTest’s and its partners involvement in the launch its first product and solution offering, the ability to adapt FluroTech’s CompleTestTM platform technology to test for viruses, including COVID-19, as well as accurately determining viral load, the ability to adapt the technology to allow for the detection of specific anti-SARS-CoV-2 human antibodies in a patient’s blood sample, and the speed and accuracy of such testing, the need for financing of FluroTest in the near term and the formation of strategic partnerships for the deployment and distribution of the technology. The Company made certain material assumptions, including but not limited to prevailing market conditions and general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties, as well as the ability to adopt the CompleTestTM technology as described herein in a timely manner and to obtain the financing required in connection with the same, to develop the forward-looking information in this news release. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Actual results may vary from the forward-looking information in this news release due to certain material risk factors described in the Corporation’s Annual Information Form under the heading “Risk Factors” and the failure to adapt the CompleTestTM technology as contemplated herein in a timely manner or at all, the risk that competitors will develop a similar or superior testing platform, the technology not having the anticipated testing benefits, the inability of FluroTest to obtain the necessary financing to achieve its purpose on satisfactory terms or at all, the failure to form strategic partnerships necessary to deploy and distribute the technology. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of material risk factors and assumptions is not exhaustive.
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