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Coronavirus Fightback - Emergency Appeal from the University of Exeter
The University of Exeter is launching an Emergency Appeal to trial a new test for antibodies to Coronavirus. If successful, it will give the NHS a rapid and cheap tool to track recovery rates and identify people who have developed immunity to the virus.
If successful, we will be able to answer vital, life changing questions:
- Is the patient sick and raising an immune response to the virus?
- Is the patient’s immune response going to be protective?
- Has the patient recovered, no longer sick but protected?
This work is being supported by Attomarker Ltd, a spin-out company from the University of Exeter which has developed technology designed to measure patients’ response to Covid-19 in just five minutes. This contrasts with several hours using current diagnostic technology.
Professor Andrew Shaw’s research group, in collaboration with Professor Chris Hyde at Exeter’s Medical School, will perform diagnostic accuracy tests at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, starting next Monday.
The Exeter team is being hosted by Professor Jonathan Edgeworth at St Thomas’s Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics, one of the technology assessment centres contributing to the government’s response to the pandemic.
If successful, the test should provide a key tool to keep this pandemic under control. For example, one hundred test instruments could test the entire population of Exeter in less than a week.
We need to refine the test and understand its accuracy.
Projected costs for the 12-week, 1,800 tests campaign are £48,000 for the tests themselves, £45,000 to pay for the production of five new instruments and £12,000 to fund an increased team. £105,000 in total.
This is the biggest global crisis that we will experience in our lifetime.
We hope that you will want to help fund Exeter’s contribution in the fight against the virus.
It goes without saying that the sooner you can contribute, the sooner we can commission the tests.
20 March 2020
Professor Andrew Shaw and the team spent 12 hours working in the lab today and before travelling to London to begin the trials.
23 March 2020
Today Andrew and his team arrived at St Thomas' hospital today and have set up and begun testing. The virus is a tricky customer, to which the patients' immune systems respond in unexpected ways. Andrew is having to work up innovative methods of reaching and analysing the patients' antibodies on the spiky ball that is Covid-19.
25 March 2020
Last day for the team in the lab at St Thomas' Hospital today. Steady progress is being made on understanding how the human body responds to this virus and how the antibodies the immune system produces to fight it can be detected by testing. It is thought this is the only multiplex test currently out there, which means if Andrew and the team achieve their objectives as it can account for other factors affecting the immune response. The kit Andrew has designed can also test the efficacy of other tests - RNA, uniplex and duplex - which they will be doing today; we need to know more clearly the accuracy of the tools we are bringing to bear on Covid-19. Back at Exeter the analysis will continue and the findings will be rushed for peer review. Andrew has asked to convey his heartfelt thanks to you. This work would not be possible without your ongoing support.