Meet the SA entrepreneurs who created new Covid-19 testing kits

Meet the SA entrepreneurs who created new Covid-19 testing kits

- A couple of South African entrepreneurs have come up with a new coronavirus testing kit

- The kit will allow health officials to see results in just 65 minutes

- Not only with their invention speed up the testing time, it will also allow the country to reduce the time it takes for test kits to arrive as they are usually imported

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Meet Daniel Ndima and Dineo Lioma - two local entrepreneurs who have come up with a new way to test for the coronavirus.

According to Tech Financials, the pair are Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellows and heads of CapeBio, a biotechnology company based in Centurion, Gauteng.

Testing is important in the fight against the coronavirus and Ndima and Lioma stepped up to create a new, more effective way to test South Africans.

They developed the qPCR kit - which has been dubbed a "breakthrough" in testing for Covid-19. The tests take only 65 minutes to determine whether or not a person has been infected with Covid-19.

Their product will not only help speed up the testing process, it will also reduce South Africa's reliance on foreign imports.

Ndima said:

“One of our major challenges is our reliance on imported tests. Most countries are currently experiencing issues with supply and demand, which their respective governments are controlling with newly introduced trade regulations. This has caused delays in the delivery of imported testing kits and protective gear, and may impact on the delivery of vaccines once they have passed clinical trials.”

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Ndima is a scientist with a special interest in structural biology, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation wrote.

According to City Press, Lioma obtained a master's degree in micro and nanotechnology enterprise from Cambridge University in the UK.

She graduated with distinctions. Now, Ndima and Lioma are working together to further medical science in South Africa.

Their company, CapeBio, has built an impressive reputation in its field with a variety of reliable tests. learned they are awaiting validation from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority before they can introduce the products onto the Mzansi market - including private and public pathology labs.

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