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Saliva pool testing: Fast, affordable, easy and highly accurate testing solution for returning back to school and work

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
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  • Co-Founder, President and CEO, Mirimus, Inc.
    Biography

      Dr. Premsrirut is a co-founder and President and CEO of Mirimus, Inc., a company at the forefront of developing RNA interference and CRISPR gene editing technologies and investigating their potential therapeutic applications. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Premsrirut led her team in a call to action to address the lack of inefficient testing methods that would be required to reopen our schools and economy. Her team quickly developed a fast, cost-effective and scalable solution to increase the overall capacity of COVID-19 testing using saliva-based pool testing. This SalivaClear TM solution is now used by over 500 schools, community centers, shelters and businesses across the nation for surveillance testing to quickly identify infected individuals in group settings and interrupt the chains of transmission. Her team was named a winner in the XPRIZE Rapid COVID-19 Testing Competition for their innovative strategy and is now scaling this approach across the country.


    Abstract

    Given the onset of extensive school closures, we are facing widespread scenarios of stunted learning, social isolation, and most troubling, an unprecedented surge in student suicides, all which are amplified in underserved communities. Stringent restrictions imposed upon businesses, in the name of public health and safety, have provoked irreparable consequences for society at large. We are facing surges in unemployment, homelessness, social isolation and a troublesome widening of the socio-economic divide. The need for a fast, cost-effective, and scalable testing solution to facilitate the reopening of both schools as well as businesses, could not be urgent, as we attempt to reopen during a time of increasing cases across the globe. Here, we look at various diagnostic measures that can be leveraged to instantaneously inform infected individuals and interrupt chains of transmission.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify distinct types of molecular diagnostics for COVID-19

    2. Determine when to use one diagnostic modality over another

    3. Define novel approaches to detect SARS-CoV-2


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