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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

RADx Tech Tent Show

Tromberg shows off a product while Baldwin holds a mic.

NIBIB director Dr. Bruce Tromberg demonstrates Ellume’s Covid-19 antigen test that displays its result in 15 minutes via a smartphone app. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) extends the microphone, while NIBIB health science policy analyst Dr. Patricia Wiley holds the paired smartphone.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Visiting U.S. senators browsed Covid-19 diagnostic technologies on display May 17 in a tent erected for the occasion. 

The RADx Tech and Advanced Technology Platforms (ATP) programs have supported the development and production of 33 technologies, including:

  • a Covid-19 home test kit developed by Ellume that produces a result within 15 minutes (FDA authorized in December 2020) 

  • MatMaCorp’s portable mini-lab that that can rapidly perform multiple RT-PCR assays (FDA authorized in December 2020) 

  • Quidel’s lateral flow immunoassay used with Sofia analyzers that provides results within 15 minutes (FDA authorized in May 2020) 

  • Talis One Covid-19 point-of-care test cartridges that insert into the Talis One instrument to detect SARS-CoV-2 through isothermal amplification of viral RNA and an optical detection system, returning a result in under 30 minutes; 

  • Two-pack boxes of QuickVue At-Home Covid-19 Tests that produce a result at home in 10 minutes (FDA authorized in December 2020).

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