Jinan company develops first test kit for novel coronavirus pneumonia in Shandong

(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2020-02-14

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The test kits for novel coronavirus pneumonia, developed by Shandong ACV Biotech Company in Jinan [Photo/iqilu.com]

The test kit for novel coronavirus pneumonia is recognized as an effective instrument in helping to detect the virus and curb the spread of the epidemic.

The first test kit for the virus in Shandong province was developed by the Shandong ACV Biotech Company in Jinan. The kit is the work of eight staff members in the company and can detect the virus in around two hours.

The kit, which is highly sensitive and easy to use and transport, will be vital for the prevention and control of the epidemic. It is currently undergoing mass production. The company said it can produce kits for 20,000 people a day.

The local government has also helped the company expand production with supporting measures such as reducing tax payments.

Shandong ACV Biotech, with only over 80 employees, has made significant achievements in the field of genetic testing.

Its innovative molecular diagnostic products were widely used for the hand-foot-and-mouth disease in 2008, H1N1 pandemic (swine flu) in 2009, and H7N9 influenza (bird flu) in 2013.