iLAB – fully equipped mobile lab to test COVID-19 in India’s heartland

Transasia Bio-Medicals partners with AMTZ to launch state-of-the-art mobile lab for RT-PCR and ELISA testing for COVID-19 in India

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Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd. has partnered with Andhra Pradesh Medical Technology Zone (AMTZ) to launch a mobile COVID-19 test lab to help faster and safer testing across India. Named Infectious Disease Diagnostic Lab (iLAB), this state-of-the-art mobile microbial containment (BSL-2) laboratory was made in Transasia’s Vizag manufacturing facility at AMTZ, Asia’s first medical device manufacturing park at Vishakhapatnam in partnership with Bharat Benz and support of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Government of India. Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd. is instrumental in placing Erba IVD analyzers and reagent kits in iLAB along with conducting COVID-19 testing as well as maintaining the mobile laboratory, as it travels across villages and towns in India.
Dr Jitendar Sharma, CEO of AMTZ and his entire team have been deeply instrumental in conceiving, designing and setting up the iLAB.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, WHO Executive Board Chairman and Minister of Health and Family Welfare, GoI flagged off the mobile lab at New Delhi in the presence of Dr Alka Sharma, Advisor, and Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI. The unique mobile lab vehicle is capable of diagnosing all infectious diseases. Dr Harsh Vardhan during the launch conveyed: “To ensure testing facilities in far-flung areas, such innovations have been developed to cater to the interior and inaccessible parts of the country.”

Suresh Vazirani, CMD, Transasia-Erba Group said: “As a healthcare contributor to the nation, we have been quite eager to participate in the Government’s agenda in protecting and saving the people from this pandemic. Considering the urgency, we have been working aggressively even during the lockdown in getting the iLAB geared up for COVID-19 testing. With this innovative iLAB, we are now ready to commence testing immediately.” He added: “This initiative embodies our vision of creating a healthier and happier world.”

Ravi Kaushik, CEO, Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd said: “We are glad and proud to be the technology partner of choice for AMTZ and Department of Biotechnology, GoI and to extend our technical and clinical expertise in developing this innovative ‘lab on wheels’ in the nation’s mission to fight against COVID-19. This collaboration with GoI builds on Transasia’s 41-years-old legacy of providing high-quality products at affordable cost across the heartland of India.”

Mr Kaushik further added: “We take pride in driving this idea from concept to reality, working closely with AMTZ. The iLAB will allow for COVID-19 testing access to thousands of patients in remote areas who would otherwise find it difficult to reach a lab and get a test done. It goes beyond free testing by providing diagnosis at the doorstep of needy patients.”

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