Detecting SARS-CoV-2 in the air in just 30 minutes

Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, News, Research

Published : 6 July 2020

The Flash Arise project, funded by France’s national research agency (ANR), was set up to develop a solution for detecting SARS-Cov-2 droplets or aerosol in the air within a maximum of 30 minutes. Leti and the Institut Pasteur are engaged in the project, which kicked off in March. The partners’ hope to be able to bring a portable automated analyzer to hospitals and retirement homes by July 2021.

The target solution will be built on an electrostatic air sample collector and a microfluidics module. Leti, which has already fine-tuned both technology bricks, will now tweak them to meet the needs of this project. The major challenge at this point is that samples will have to move from the collector to the microfluidics module automatically.

While Leti tackles the device, Institut Pasteur is working on biological reagents for in situ viral RNA detection. Institut Pasteur will also test the system when it is completed.


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