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Color is launching a high-capacity COVID-19 testing lab and will open-source its design and protocols

Genomics well being expertise startup Color is doing its half to deal with the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and has detailed the steps it’s taking to assist enlargement of testing efforts in a brand new weblog submit and letter from CEO Othman Laraki on Tuesday. The efforts embody growth of a high-throughput lab that may course of as many as 10,000 assessments per day, with a turnaround time of inside 24 hours for reporting outcomes to physicians. In order to supply probably the most profit attainable from the trouble of standing this lab up, Color can even make the design, protocols and specifics of this lab accessible open-source to anybody else trying to set up high-capacity lab testing.

Color’s lab can be already practically prepared to start processing samples — it’s going stay “within the coming week,” in accordance with Laraki. The Color staff labored in tandem with MIT’s Broad Institute, in addition to Harvard and Weill Cornell Medicine to develop its course of and testing methods that may enable for increased bandwidth outcomes output versus normal, in-use strategies.

The focus of Color’s efforts in making this occur have been on utilizing automation wherever attainable, and in search of methods that supply elements and elements, together with reagents, that may come from totally different provide chains. That’s truly an important ingredient to with the ability to ramp efforts at scale nationally and globally, as a result of if everyone seems to be utilizing the identical lab processing strategies, you’re going to run up in opposition to a bottleneck fairly rapidly by way of provides. Being in a position to course of tens of hundreds of assessments per day is nice on paper, however it means nothing if one ingredient you might want to make that occur can be required by each different testing lab within the nation.

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Color has additionally made efforts to deal with COVID-19 response in two different key areas: testing for front-line and important employees, and post-test follow-up and processing. To handle the necessity for testing for these employees who proceed to function in public-facing roles regardless of the dangers, Color has redirected its enterprise worker base to offering, in tandem with governments and employers, onsite medical take a look at administration, lab transportation and outcomes reporting with affected person physicians.

For its post-test workflow, Color is working to deal with the challenges reported by different clinicians and well being officers round how troublesome it’s to be constant and efficient in following up on the outcomes of assessments, in addition to subsequent steps. So the corporate is opening up their very own platform for doing so, which they’ve re-tooled in response to their expertise thus far, and making that accessible to every other COVID-19 testing labs without cost use. These sources embody take a look at outcome reporting, tips and directions for sufferers, follow-up questionnaires round contact tracing and assist for how one can attain out to doubtlessly uncovered people tied to a affected person who assessments optimistic.

To date, Color says that it has been in a position to function at value, partially backed by assist by philanthropic private and non-private donations. The firm is encouraging direct outreach through its [email protected] electronic mail in case anybody thinks they’ll contribute to or profit from the challenge and the sources being made accessible.

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