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Bione launches covid-19 home screening test kit

Bengaluru-based biotech startup Bione launched a rapid covid-19 at-home screening test kit on Thursday. Priced between 2,000 and 3,000 , the company claims that the kit is easy to use and displays accurate results within minutes and is available for sale on its platform Under normal circumstances, the kits can be received within 2-3 days of placing the order via their platform.

The company is equipped to supply 20,000 kits a week and intends to build its manufacturing facilities in the next few months.  The covid-19 screening test kit is an IgG and IgM-based tool that delivers results in 5-10 minutes. The company stated that after receiving the kit, the user has to clean their finger with an alcohol swab and use the lancet provided to finger-prick. The cartridge provides results from the blood sample within 5-10 minutes, it said.

According to the company, the products have been sourced from their worldwide CE and FDA-approved partners and have been brought to market after ensuring stringent quality controls. It also added that the kits are approved by ICMR and will be deployed in the market after proper quality checks and assurance.