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AAU ESBJERG RESEARCHERS WORK ON CORONAVIRUS TEST

AAU ESBJERG RESEARCHERS WORK ON CORONAVIRUS TEST

Researchers in the Section for Chemical Engineering at Aalborg University Esbjerg will develop a new, fast method to detect coronavirus.

Last modified: 05.05.2020

One of the biggest challenges hospitals are facing right now in testing for coronavirus is the shortage of the reagents and kits needed in diagnostic testing. Associate Professor Jens Laurids Sørensen, PhD student Tobias Bruun Pedersen and Postdoc Mikkel Rank Nielsen in the Department of Chemistry and Bioscience have reopened their laboratory in order to find an alternative to the current method that is based on the reagents now in short supply.

The development is part of a collaboration with Southwest Jutland Hospital and the hospital will receive the new method as soon as it is ready. It can then be used in the event that significantly more people need to be tested than at present.

- With a world-class laboratory specialising in the development of new molecular methods, I believe that it’s our duty to offer our expertise to assist in the health crisis the country is facing right now. We look forward to doing our part with the new solution, says Jens Laurids Sørensen, Associate Professor, who is heading the project.