Pune-based “Mylab” develops Faster Detection Kits for COVID-19 Testing


The COVID-19 outbreak has not spared its grip on India. With the total number of cases in India nearing in on the 500-mark, lack of testing equipment is one of the major problems that the Indian healthcare authorities are facing. In a quest to ramp up the testing facilities, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) authorized Mylab Discovery Solutions to manufacture COVID-19 test kits. 

Mylab Covid-19 Testing Kits

Mylab is a Pune-based molecular diagnostics startup that has come up with the PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit. The firm has already received approval from the national authorities. It claims that the PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kits cost four times cheaper than the existing kits and makes the detection process much faster. 

To date, the GoI had been procuring RT-PCR testing kits from Germany and Switzerland. It is expected, that the Mylab kits would reduce foreign dependency and will help in scaling up testing procedures across the country. 

Talking about these kits, Shailendra Kewade, Executive Director at Mylab commented,
“Since this test is based on the sensitive PCR technology, even early-stage infection can be detected with the highest accuracy as has been seen during tests at ICMR. The ICMR-tested CDSCO approved kit makes detection faster too.

More about the Mylab Testing Kit

These kits are powered by a technology named RT PCR. Hence, any medical facility willing to use these kits will have to be equipped with the RT PCR instrument. Gautam Wankhede, Medical Affairs Director at Mylab confirmed that there are 5000 such instruments across the country. 

Moreover, Mylab claimed that as many as 100 patients can be tested for COVID-19 using one kit, and the disease can be detected within 2.5 hours of testing. This is essentially much less than the detection time required for the existing instruments. 

Mylab has developed these kits within a very short period of time (6 weeks to be precise). It further claimed that it can manufacture more than 1 lakh kits in a week and even scale up to more. 

Wankhede sounded pretty optimistic about the Mylab COVID-19 RT PCR testing kits. He said,
“Our capacity is manufacturing 15,000 patient tests a day. Right now there are four to 5000 PCR instruments available across the country and if every lab is given permission to conduct the tests right now, then we will provide more kits which will increase the potential to almost maybe three or four lakh tests per day,”

Faster testing would allow laboratories to conduct tests on more number of patients. Also, early detection will reduce fatal risks involved with the disease. Hence, it is safe to say that Mylab has definitely gone ahead to do a great job amid the global scare of COVID-19