Health innovation company Viracor Eurofins announced that its Kansas City, Missouri, lab has developed a new testing method that reduces the price per person for a COVID-19 test and delivers results within 48 hours. The new pooled tests can be used by corporations, sports organizations, educational institutions, elder care facilities and more.
Pooled tests are often used in blood banks. The method allows several samples to be pooled together as one. If a group of tests comes back positive, then each test would be run one at a time to find the source.
Missouri’s health innovation sector has been on full display recently as companies and research centers across Missouri have been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
From Missouri being highlighted by Vice President Mike Pence after launching its partnership with Google to help health care providers connect with Missouri manufacturers and suppliers of personal protective equipment; to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis beginning COVID-19 vaccine trials; to Kansas City being chosen as the testing ground for an experimental coronavirus vaccine; Missouri is continuing to lead the way in the fight against COVID-19.