Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched a low-cost Covid-19 test kit developed by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT) Delhi on Wednesday.
The test kit, Corosure, developed by Indian Institute of Technology-IIT Delhi, is billed as the world’s most affordable RT-PCR based coronavirus COVID-19 diagnostic kit.
“Launching the world’s most affordable probe free RT-PCR based #COVID19 diagnostic kit, along with MoS for HRD Shri @SanjayDhotreMP ji. #AatmaNirbharBharat,” the Minister tweeted on Wednesday.
The base price of the RT-PCR assay is Rs 399. Even after adding the RNA isolation and laboratory charges, the cost per test will be considerably cheaper compared to currently available kits in the market, a report said.
Approved by the Indian Medical Council of India and Drug Control General of India, the test kit has been commercially developed by a company named NewTech Medical Devises after obtaining license from the IIT.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister lauded the team of experts at IIT Delhi for developing the diagnostic kit.
Shedding more light about the kit, Jatin Goyal, managing director of Corosure, said the total cost of the kit roughly comes to around Rs 650. “This certainly makes it very affordable as compared to other probe tests that are being imported from other countries,” he said.
“This should change the paradigm of Covid-19 testing in the country, both in terms of scale and cost. The company Newtech Medical Devices, using IIT Delhi technology, can do two million tests per month at an extremely affordable cost. This is a true example of lab to market,” IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao was quoted as saying.