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PCI supports commercialization for rapid and more accurate at home COVID test

Cesar de la Fuente, PhD, a presidential assistant professor with the Perelman School of Medicine and head of the de le Fuente Lab in the Department of Bioengineering and the Departments of Microbiology, and his research team are working on a low-cost biosensor that can diagnose bacterial infections in a matter of minutes.  de la Fuente was awarded $80,000 through the inaugural Nemirovsky Engineering and Medicine Opportunity prize for his proposal to develop rapid, paper-based COVID-19 breath tests through the developing technology. The idea is that the biosensor could eventually be integrated into face masks, and alert a wearer within a few minutes if the sensor found the virus present.

Cesar de la Fuente
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