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Bosch Develops Rapid Test for COVID-19

Dr Farzaneh Hafezi
8 October 2020

Covid Test

The fastest polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test has been developed by Bosch for its Vivalytic analysis device. The test provides reliable results in 39 minutes.

As Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GMBH said “One of the keys to fighting the coronavirus pandemic is to rapidly identify sources of infection”, and that’s the reason engineers in Bosch focused on developing a device test for decentralized use in mobile test centres at service stations or in airports. It will be possible for people to get the results while they are at the testing site and it helps avoid time in quarantine which will not only make travel and work safer, but will also put people’s minds at ease.

This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and as the Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek says, “I believe it’s important that people have clarity about their state of health as quickly as possible. In this respect, insights from science and research can bring people huge benefits. Over the next few months, we will be confronted with the particular challenge of having to test more people. The improved testing procedure developed by Bosch with the BMBF’s support has the potential to be a tremendous help with this complex job. The rapid improvement of our technological capabilities shows what innovative achievements German companies can deliver in times of crisis.”

PCR tests are considered the gold standard of test methods and German biotechnology company R-Biopharm as a leading provider of highly sensitive manual PCR tests joined the Bosch health care team to develop this new test device with sensitivity of 98 percent.

Manufacturing such a device needs a modernization process to enable a reliable messaging systems and data transfer. The medical device manufacturing industry needs continuous update driven by software and technologies to be able to respond to the increasing demand of the society.

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This story is adapted from material from the Bosch website, with editorial changes made by the METaL Project.