Made in India Testing Kits-THE HINDU-25-03-2020
Pune-based MyLab is the first indigenous manufacturer to be approved for deploying its kits for COVID-19 testing. “Congratulations to our Biotech innovators first make in India COVID 19 diagnostic kit,” Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, tweeted. Ms Swarup also leads the government’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council that supports biotechnology companies, and MyLab was one of them. While diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are largely reliant on foreign companies, several labs in India had applied to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for getting their own kits vetted.
Written guidelines by the Indian Council for Medical Research require that only diagnostic kits that have been approved by the United States Food and Drugs Administration or certified by the European Union be allowed to offer commercial tests for detecting SARS CoV-2. They have 15,000 collection centres across India and these labs will increase as and when they register.