ML System, near Rzeszów in southeast Poland, has developed a device that analyses the patient’s breath to test for the coronavirus. Similar to a breathalyser, the test requires the subject to exhale into the device to determine the presence of the coronavirus, and the whole process reportedly takes only ten seconds.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who visited the company’s headquarters, hailed the development, saying he hoped that the device would save many people from infection. The president called the company’s scientists “the pride not only of their region, but the whole of Poland.”
“I believe that soon, after clinical testing, the device will be able to begin mass production,” said the president, who also underwent a test on the new device and produced a negative result.
Head of ML System Dawid Cycoń said that a technological revolution was taking place in the fight against COVID-19 and other pathogens and viruses.
“We made an incredible thing in just a few dozen days. This device is able to detect COVID in different places. We have the preliminary testing results; we have received permission from the Bioethics Commission to conduct tests on ready swabs (collected from subjects who are possibly infected),” he said.
He explained that the first work on the device’s parameters started in late spring 2020. He added that ML System is solving social problems and through this device, can help save millions on coronavirus testing and economic measures.
Title image: J. Szymczuk, source: TT/Kancelaria Prezydenta