We are developing a device that clips onto a smartphone and allows anyone to test themselves regularly for COVID via an app. The method for this breakthrough new test won an international coronavirus competition. Unlike other tests, it will quickly and frequently check whether someone has COVID before they get symptoms.
Why do we think people like you will want to support this?
The positive impact on you, your family, the NHS, jobs, your favourite activities - everything affected by COVID - will be dramatically different from other types of test:
People will be able to stay home right away if they are infected, rather than unknowingly infecting others, cutting the spread right down; if you test negative you'll be able to go about your life - with no need for mass lockdowns.
We have been allocated a grant by the UK government of up to £262,000 towards funding the project, under the highly competitive and carefully vetted Innovate UK initiative. But, in order to receive it, we have to get further funds from other sources, by a strict deadline.
If you help us raise enough now, your contributions will be more than matched by the government. If not, the grant will be withdrawn, so your support now will make a crucial impact!
What to do:
Pre-order tests for health and care workers, for yourself or for your community, by choosing a reward. Or make a donation of any size. Please also share the page to spread the word and help create a snowball effect!
Rewards range from a single testing device and app for yourself to family packs, business packs and large community or health and care worker packs. To get more than one of the same reward or pack, enter the quantity in the 'Your Rewards' section, in the left hand side of the checkout.
Like the virus itself, if you share this page with several people and encourage them to contribute, and some of them do the same, you can start a wave that reaches hundreds or thousands of people - who can join us in ending the need for restrictions and lockdowns. The sooner you do it the bigger that wave will get, so try it now if you can - it only takes a moment.
If you can't see the options on the page, scroll up to click the orange 'Support Us' button.
We will make best use of the vital funds our supporters contribute. Your donation can help unlock the grant funding the Government has agreed for this project, but we can put smaller amounts to excellent use - for example for 3D printing prototype devices to help bring in larger scale funds - and medium sized amounts will allow us to progress even more while getting longer term funds in place.
The new method identifies 98.7% of infections with almost no false positives, can give results in seconds, and identifies the virus immediately on infection. It has a fraction of the cost of current tests and does not need lab facilities, so applies to developing countries too.
Even if a working vaccine comes out, it will take time and won't be available to everyone, and natural immunity lasts only a few months. So both now and in future it's crucial to stop the virus being spread by people who don't yet know they have it. We suggest weekly tests for everyone and daily tests for high-risk individuals. COVID quarantines and lockdowns could even be over by Christmas if we can raise the necessary funds now.
We have a full certification (CE, MHRA, FDA) and manufacture pathway (2 offshore factories that can start producing up to hundreds of thousands of units a day with 10 day lead time) worked out to make it happen. We now need to develop specific aspects of the device, app and high volume analysis.
Our founder is a former cancer scientist with AI and medical engineering experience. With the grant in place we have an excellent team ready to start on 1 November to get this solution to the public rapidly, to stop the spread of the virus and end lockdowns and other restrictions.
- It's been featured on BBC Television on South Today (20 October 2020);
- Across the country on Heart Radio https://planetradio.co.uk/greatest-hits/beds-bucks-herts/news/coronavirus-test-could-end-lockdown/ and
- In the newspapers https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/business/could-aylesbury-vale-developed-quick-coronavirus-test-be-way-out-pandemic-3005369
Have you seen it yet? Check it out at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/end-covid
If you are interested in the science behind the new test, here is the peer-reviewed paper (scientific description checked by other scientists) of the process:
We hope that you or your organization will recognize the impact you can make on bringing an end to the crisis by acting fast. Please contribute what you can and encourage others to do the same!