Kontrol BioWater Completes Phase 1 Viral Detection in Wastewater: Advancing Biomonitoring Technology

WD News: Kontrol Technologies Corp. has completed its Phase 1 testing of the Kontrol BioWater technology with a positive detection of the Sars-Cov-2 virus in wastewater.

“We are pleased that our Kontrol BioWater technology was able to deliver a positive result as a part of Phase 1 testing,” says Paul Ghezzi, CEO of Kontrol Technologies. “There is a growing emphasis on biomonitoring technology to help governments and private enterprise better manage how they monitor and plan for viral outbreaks.”

The Kontrol BioWater wastewater viral detection Phase 1 testing was completed with support from the National Research Council of Canada. The BioWater utilises the core scientific technique of a Modified Western Blot to identify viruses.

Kontrol was provided with wastewater samples from various facilities in Ontario. Those samples were independently tested by government-contracted labs utilising the reference method of qPCR analysis to validate positive detection and quantification of the SARs-CoV-2 virus.

“We have initiated our prototype design which will form the basis of our real-time detection solution,” says Gary Saunders, President of Kontrol BioCloud.

The Kontrol BioWater technology is designed to be the first real-time, in-the-cloud, detection technology for viruses in wastewater. Kontrol BioWater intends to advance sampling automation for faster, on-site detection which can potentially accelerate a response plan.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wastewater data can help scientists detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a community even before data from doctor’s offices or hospitals get reported to public health officials. Wastewater data can be an important early warning signal and should be used alongside other data. Early warning systems, such as wastewater surveillance, can detect small changes as a signal for early action. As per company officials, it is not making any express or implied claims that its product can eliminate, cure or contain COVID-19 (or SARS-2 Coronavirus).

Source: Kontrol BioWater
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