Color, a genomic health technology start-up, is doing its part in the response to the global pandemic, according tomedia reports, detailing its efforts to support expanded testing in a new blog post and a letter released Tuesday by CEO Otman Laraki. These efforts include the development of a high-throughput laboratory that can handle up to 10,000 tests per day and report results to doctors within 24 hours.
To maximize efforts to build the lab, Color will also open the lab’s design, protocol, and details to anyone who wants to build high-capacity lab tests.
Laraki said Color’s lab is almost ready to start processing samples, which will be operational next week. The Color team is understood to have developed the technology in collaboration with mIT’s Broad Institute, Harvard University and Weill Cornell Medical School.
To achieve this goal, Color has adopted the same technology as possible using automation and finding parts that can be purchased from different suppliers.
In addition, Color has worked to address the new coronavirus response in two other key areas: testing, post-test tracking, and processing of front-line and necessary staff. To address the testing needs of workers who risk continuing to work for the public, Color has repositioned its enterprise base to work with the government and employers to provide on-site clinical testing management, laboratory transportation, and results reporting to patient doctors.
Color is working hard to address the challenge reported by other clinicians and health officials about the challenge of consistent and effective follow-up to test results and subsequent steps. As a result, the company is opening up their platform and making it available to any other new coronavirus testing lab for free.
So far, Color says, it has been able to operate at cost, in part because it is supported by public and private donations from charities.