Rapid Identification and Detection of Virus from Environmental Sample
weeDetect LLC, Fayetteville,, Arkansas, United States
Detection technologies for identification of SARS-CoV-2 from environmental samples
Tech Brief: A process to rapidly detect viruses using a non-molecular/serological method. This innovation has three components: (a) unique Nano-Particle Imaging Microscope to image viruses in milliseconds, (b) Artificial Intelligence to analyze images to detect/identify viruses (c) isolation of viruses from complex solutions using physio-chemical properties: size, hydrophobicity, and iso-electric point
Early-stage Startup (Seed)
FIGURES OF MERIT Value Proposition: This technology focuses on rapid detection of viruses without using conventional molecular based methods which are time consuming and expensive. This technology is capable of detecting viruses in environmental samples (including wastewater), viruses that infect humans, animals, single cell cultures (mammalian cell, bacteria and yeast), that are used in the fermentation industry. Potential customers of this technology will be environmental protection agencies, waste disposal industry, medical industry, veterinarians, fermentation industry, food industry, research and development institutes, and sanitation. Additionally, this technology can be used to screen employees, passengers or visitors entering a building or transport vehicle for viruses. Particularly this will be a device that the various branches of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland security can use to combat the spread of infectious viruses from another country or in the defense of bioterrorism. The speed of detection and this method being not specific to a virus will qualify this technology to be used in both the above purposes. The estimated cost per test is less than $2 USD, compared to $50 to 100 USD per PCR test. This innovation will exclude expensive virus specific reagents and make the detection a universal method to identify unknown viruses.