The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has transferred the indigenously-developed saline gargle RT-PCR technique to the Union Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ministry.
This new technology is developed by NEERI. It's headquarter is in Nagpur. The main inventor of the technology is NEERI scientist Dr Krishna Khairnar and the team of research scholars of Environmental Virology at CSIR-NEERI.
The technology is fast, simple, patient-friendly, cost-effective, comfortable technique and provides instant results. It is well-suited for rural and tribal areas and can work in minimal infrastructure requirements.
The innovation will be enabled to be commercialised and licensed to all capable parties which includes private, government and various rural development schemes and departments.
On Saturday, the ceremonial transfer of the SOP and know-how was conducted in the presence of Union MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari.
The method is much needed in this pandemic situation and it's implementation across the nation. In the regions poor in resources like rural and tribal areas, this technology would result in faster and more citizen-friendly testing.
This methods of the new testing system is also environment-friendly, and the waste generation is minimise.