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Missouri Company Has COVID-19 Testing Device for the Air

InnovaPrep, a Drexel, Missouri-based health innovation company, has found a solution to the problem faced by many states around the U.S. in fighting the coronavirus: a shortage of testing kits. The Missouri company has created a system that can analyze the air near people and deliver results in about an hour, compared to four days for the typical test.

“That’s the length of time that people could be shedding the virus before they get sick enough to know something’s wrong,” said InnovaPrep CEO and Co-Founder Dave Alburty. “The ability to use the rapid technology that’s available now is kind of our secret weapon in this fight with pathogens like the coronavirus. … From a pandemic protection standpoint, this is (InnovaPrep’s) first chance to help.”

The system consists of three components, including an air sampler and portable sample concentrator that InnovaPrep developed and manufactures at its facilities in Drexel, Missouri. The system could be used in public places, including hospitals, cruise ships, airports, schools and more.

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