Seven Technological Innovations Coming Forward to Tackle COVID-19


May 11, 2020


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From digital stethoscopes to an AI-driven virus tracking system, a raft of new innovations have come to the fore as scientists take the fight to Covid-19.

Modern technologies available to researchers have helped them advance the global effort to not only find a vaccine but to track and trace infected patients, diagnose those who have the disease, and treat the worst symptoms.

As the world tries to tame a pandemic that has changed life as we know it for many and dismantled economies, we take a look at seven of these innovations that have played a role so far.

Technological innovations to come forward during Covid-19

BillionToOne’s DNA molecule-matching technology

BillionToOne, founded by Princeton University graduates Dr. Oguzhan Atay and David Tsao in 2016, is a diagnostics company focused on genetic testing.

The start-up says its technology can measure DNA in 1,000 times more detail, creating an accurate diagnostics tool that can track changes inside the body at a molecular level.

On 7 April, the firm unveiled its Covid-19 test protocol, which it claims will enable one million tests for the virus to take place a day in the US alone.

Speaking at the time, BillionToOne’s Dr. Atay said: “We’re honored to be on the front lines of this fight against the pandemic, and we’re certain this unique technology will help save lives and stop the spread of the virus.”

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