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  • 22 May, 2020

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Agappe Chitra Magna

Agappe Chitra Magna

Agappe Chitra Magna is a magnetic nanoparticle-based RNA extraction kit for use during testing for detection of COVID-19.

The RNA extraction kit was developed by Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum, an Institute of National Importance of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with Agappe Diagnostics Ltd, an in vitro diagnostics manufacturing company based in Cochin.

Advantages

  • The commercial launch of the kit is a major step to make India self-reliant in detecting COVID 19 and can help increase the rate of testing and bring down its costs, a crucial step for combating the pandemic.
  • It can also be an example of rapid commercialization and implementation of a state of the art technology for the world to emulate.
  • The transformation of R&D from purely generation of knowledge to generation of value demands increased investment and a strong, empowered R&D management system.
  • Synchronising the efforts of academia, national laboratories and industries would be most essential in this transformed ecosystem.

Agappe Chitra Magna

Agappe Chitra Magna is a magnetic nanoparticle-based RNA extraction kit for use during testing for detection of COVID-19.

The RNA extraction kit was developed by Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum, an Institute of National Importance of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with Agappe Diagnostics Ltd, an in vitro diagnostics manufacturing company based in Cochin.

Advantages

  • The commercial launch of the kit is a major step to make India self-reliant in detecting COVID 19 and can help increase the rate of testing and bring down its costs, a crucial step for combating the pandemic.
  • It can also be an example of rapid commercialization and implementation of a state of the art technology for the world to emulate.
  • The transformation of R&D from purely generation of knowledge to generation of value demands increased investment and a strong, empowered R&D management system.
  • Synchronising the efforts of academia, national laboratories and industries would be most essential in this transformed ecosystem.

Source: PIB


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