Federal Government Announces Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to Fight COVID-19, signing a letter of intent with Spartan Bioscience to develop a rapid, molecular COVID-19 Test

04/02/2020

Ottawa- The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve rapidly, and the Canadian government announced that it is mobilizing Canadian businesses and manufacturers to help fight the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of all Canadians.

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced Canada’s plan to mobilize industry to fight COVID-19, which will create pathways to deploy resources to domestic manufacturers and businesses so they can help during this critical time.

This included signing a letter of intent with Spartan Bioscience to provide funding for the production of their portable COVID-19 test.

According to Paul Lem, M.D. and CEO of Spartan Bioscience, “We are developing a test to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak. The Spartan Cube was designed to give fast and portable results, and it would be an ideal platform to assist in detecting COVID-19 to isolate cases and avoid the virus’ spread.”

Read the Prime Minister’s official press release here.

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