New COVID Test Can Quickly Detect Variants

University of Florida researchers have invented a test that can determine within 10-15 minutes whether patients test positive for COVID and, if so, which of the five known variants of concern they have.

Covid-19 Nasal Vaccine Produces Antibodies, Cuts Viral Load

Tests with lab animals show a vaccine given as a nasal spray produces high antibody volumes against SARS-CoV-2 infections and reduces viral loads. Results of tests by biotechnology companies Oragenics Inc., a Sid Martin Biotech alum located in Tampa, and Inspirevax in Laval, Quebec, with National Research Council of Canada, appear on the bioRxiv pre-publication server, and are not yet peer-reviewed.

Capri EGM Build-to-Suit Program Acquires Life Science Real Estate Asset for Company Manufacturing Antibodies for Department of Defense and mRNA for COVID-19 Vaccine

UF startup Ology Bioservices, a wholly owned subsidiary of Resilience, and the operator of the Lab & Research facility, has recently been awarded contract valued as much as $250 million by the Department of Defense for manufacturing development of a monoclonal antibody as a medical countermeasure (MCM) to botulinum neurotoxins (BoNT).

Clinicians May Now Be Able To Tell COVID-19 From Seasonal Flu With Fast Turnaround Thanks to UF Research

Led by Dr. Z. Hugh Fan, Ph.D., professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. John Lednicky, Research Professor at the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Department of Environmental and Global Health, an interdisciplinary team at the University of Florida has developed a game-changing diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 that is fast, reliable, low-cost and capable of differentiating between COVID-19 and influenza.