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Ottawa, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): A new technology of an Ottawa company, Spartan Bioscience, aimed at expanding the country's COVID-19 test capacity by its production of 'Spartan Cube', has been approved by Health Canada, the department of the Government of Canada responsible for federal health policy, media reports said.
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Spartan Bioscience, one of the companies to receive federal funds announced in mid-March to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, switched from making portable DNA test kits to working on a similar hand-held, cube-shaped device, which was later named 'Spartan Cube' that could be used for quick tests for the COVID-19 Pandemic outside laboratories such as at airports, border crossings and remote communities.
Paul Lem, company's CEO said last month that the tests would involve two mouth swabs plugged into the coffee cup-sized cube, which would light up if the germs are detected.
The federal approval to start shipping its kits was announced by the company Monday.
"There is an urgent, unmet need for rapid COVID-19 testing, and as a proudly Canadian company, we are excited that our technology will be an important part of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada," it said in a news release.
Health officials across Canada have been doing targeted, rather than widespread, testing for COVID-19 because of a general shortage of testing materials and people trained to do them.