Singapore firm makes rapid test kit for flu

Staff at Credo Biomedical (left) conducting tests at its laboratory and manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The Singapore-based firm says it has developed an on-the-spot test for flu that costs around US$32 (S$44) each and has 95 per cent accuracy for a s
Staff at Credo Biomedical (above) conducting tests at its laboratory and manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The Singapore-based firm says it has developed an on-the-spot test for flu that costs around US$32 (S$44) each and has 95 per cent accuracy for a small sample size. The firm employs 65 staff in Taiwan and Singapore. Its chairman is Dr Winston Jr Wong of Taiwan's conglomerate Formosa Plastics. PHOTO: CREDO BIOMEDICAL
Staff at Credo Biomedical (left) conducting tests at its laboratory and manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The Singapore-based firm says it has developed an on-the-spot test for flu that costs around US$32 (S$44) each and has 95 per cent accuracy for a s
Staff at Credo Biomedical conducting tests at its laboratory and manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The Singapore-based firm says it has developed an on-the-spot test for flu that costs around US$32 (S$44) each and has 95 per cent accuracy for a small sample size. The firm employs 65 staff in Taiwan and Singapore. Its chairman is Dr Winston Jr Wong (above) of Taiwan's conglomerate Formosa Plastics. PHOTO: CREDO BIOMEDICAL

It is seeking approval from FDA in US, global regulatory bodies; tests to be done on 1,200 patients

A Singapore company believes it has moved a step nearer eliminating deaths due to complications from influenza by developing an on-the-spot test which it claims is more accurate than those currently on the market.

Credo Biomedical's rapid diagnostics test was developed through a mixture of innovation by its research team and scientific patents that have expired and are therefore now available to all.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore firm makes rapid test kit for flu'. Print Edition | Subscribe