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Health Canada approves the Spartan Cube

A mini COVID test lab about the size of a coffee cup, the Spartan Cube is a portable rapid test designed by an Ottawa-based biotech firm.
By: Heather Marie Connors
January 29, 2021
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Dr. Jamie Spiegelman is a physician in the critical care department at Toronto’s Humber River Hospital. He knows all too well the devastating impacts of COVID-19. Dr. Spiegelman is also co-founder of Spartan Bioscience, an Ottawa-based biotech firm that developed a rapid test that has just been approved by Health Canada.

The Spartan Cube is a portable test that delivers reliably accurate results in about an hour. And it’s easy enough to administer that almost anyone can do it.

“I’ve taught my 10-year-old daughter how to use it in 10 minutes,” Spiegelman says.

Now that it has been approved, the company plans to manufacture approximately 200,000 test kits a week. Units have been purchased in advance by the federal and some provincial governments, as well as Air Canada and companies in the resource sector. Spartan Bioscience is also in the process of applying for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The DNA analysis technology utilized by the Cube can be readily adapted to test for other infectious diseases, as well as new variants of COVID-19 as they emerge.

"COVID-19 was a disease that none of us want, but the technology that Spartan developed is almost the perfect way of diagnosing it."

Source: Ottawa Business Journal

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