Direct to Consumer
As the nation prepares to return to work and open up the economy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without an available vaccine or effective therapy, testing and contact tracing will be essential tools to contain and limit the spread of the virus. To address these issues, researchers from across MGB and collaborators from across Boston, the US and the world came together to identify solutions.
COVID-19 Rapid Tests
In response to the urgent public health need for accurate, effective, low-cost, and scalable COVID-19 testing technology, the Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) working group within the Mass General Brigham (MGB) Center for COVID-19 Innovation was tasked with identifying viable diagnostic solutions with potential for use as a DTC product. To identify potential products, we performed a deep horizon scan for antigen and serology based diagnostics and down selected to the most promising. Product evaluations are based entirely on company provided data. Those that passed our first scoring algorithm based on Specificity and Sensitivity data were then further evaluated by our second scoring algorithm based on additional technical specifications in combination with data about the company and distribution capacity. The results of these efforts are displayed in the table below. All blank fields represent information we were unable to obtain. The performance metrics for some of the high scoring products are currently being validated in-house through the Diagnostics Accelerator. Once complete, this data will be made available.
Antibody Test Results
Horizon Scan: Workflow
Horizon Scan: Methodology
Table 1: Scoring Metrics
Contact Tracing Assessment
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