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We’re developing a fast, accurate, and affordable molecular Covid-19 test to give everyone access to PCR lab-accuracy whenever and wherever they need it. We’re reimagining the future of diagnostic testing, for good.
*Pending FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Why a molecular test?
Molecular tests—like Detect and PCR lab tests—look for viral RNA (its genetic material). These kinds of tests can identify even small amounts of the virus because of a process known as “amplification,” which replicates snippets of RNA to make them much easier to find. This process helps detect the virus early—days before symptoms occur—as well as at the tail-end of infection. Antigen tests look only for proteins on the outside of the virus and don’t use amplification, so they have a higher risk of missing infection1 at those stages.2
Creating the best consumer testing experience means ensuring Detect meets the bar for PCR-level lab accuracy, with clinically validated results.
Typical lab-based PCR tests require at least 24 hours—and sometimes several days—to receive results. We’re working on a test that requires no lab work, with results available in 1 hour. Nothing to mail, no waiting days to receive results.
We’re designing our test for comfort, with a quick, shallow nostril swab. You’ll just need a Detect Hub and Test Kit.
With our proprietary chemistry built into the Detect Cap, we’re building our platform to be both robust to the development of new SARS-CoV-2 variants and easy to adapt to new pathogens in the future.3 We're constantly monitoring new variants to maintain our test performance.
We plan to deliver millions of tests per month in the second half of 2021.
Testing for everyone
The people behind Detect
Jonathan Rothberg, PhD
Detect founder Dr. Jonathan Rothberg has a strong track record of building successful companies that solve important scientific challenges. He is best known for inventing and commercializing massively parallel DNA sequencing, which earned him a National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. He is the founder of multiple health technology companies, including CuraGen, 454 Life Sciences, Ion Torrent, RainDance Technologies, ClariFI and, more recently Butterfly Network (the world’s most accessible and fastest-selling ultrasound device), Quantum-Si (the first single-molecule protein sequencing platform), and Hyperfine Research (the world’s first truly portable MRI machine).
Detect founder Dr. Jonathan Rothberg has a strong track record of building successful companies that solve important scientific challenges. He is best known for inventing and commercializing massively parallel DNA sequencing, which earned him a National Medal of Technology and Innovat...
The Detect team brings together the best and brightest from molecular biology, consumer technology, high-volume manufacturing, and product design. We are motivated to solve the hardest problems and to save lives through technology.Join us
This once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic has fundamentally changed the world. Our team has set out to solve the testing problem, help reopen society, and launch a new industry and a new human behavior: testing as part of daily life, accessible to everyone around the world. Covid-19 today, any pathogen tomorrow.
Dr. Jonathan Rothberg, Detect Founder
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