Virolens Machine

Virolens® 20 Second Covid-19 test accepted by the MHRA

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK’s regulator of medical devices, responsible for ensuring their safety, quality and effectiveness, has accepted the Virolens® rapid testing system for use and sale in Great Britain.

Virolens Machine

Virolens is a breakthrough technology in virus detection combining holographic microscopy and AI software to analyse the resultant images.  A saliva sample is taken using an oral swab.  The saliva sample is smeared on a sample slide and images are captured using holographic microscopy techniques.  In the case of a positive COVID-19 sample these images contain unique diffraction patterns created by each SARS-CoV-2 virus.  The AI software has been trained to look for and count these patterns.  The device delivers a yes/no result in around 20 seconds.

Evaluation trials have demonstrated that the Virolens system has a 98.1% sensitivity and 99.7% specificity.

Virolens Machine

Virolens has been brought from a concept to an approved device in 11 months by a small team working for i-Abra Ltd, based in Bedfordshire, led by Greg Compton in conjunction with TT Electronics, their exclusive global manufacturing partner. 

A network of global distributors is in place who are responsible for obtaining regulatory approval in their jurisdictions. Trials are underway in several global markets in support of further regulatory approvals.