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AQ supports Brisbane company detecting COVID-19

30 September 2020

Brisbane-based XING Technologies is developing game-changing technology that could speed up the diagnosis of COVID-19 and could be applied to equipment to prevent transmission.

The Sinnamon Park business has received $1.5 million in funding as part of the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative to fast track its XavTrap platform technology over the next 18 months.  

The technology, which involves the bioengineering of a yeast molecule, coating it in Velcro-like particles that the virus can stick to, is a product of research coming out of a new partnership between the laboratory of Professor Matt Trau at the University of Queensland and the CSIRO.  

In the diagnosis of COVID-19, the company plans to develop a simple test, similar to a pregnancy test that will detect the virus within 5-10 minutes – without the need of a pathologist, laboratory or reader.

Partners in the project include Luina Bio, Lumos Diagnostics and Wagner Corporation which will provide the pilot site for trialling the technology as a screening agent at its passenger terminal at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.