Tech firm Kromek gets Government backing to develop Covid detection equipment

Tech firm Kromek gets Government backing to develop Covid detection equipment

Sedgefield’s Kromek is developing a new system that can detect Covid-19 in the air after receiving major Government funding.

The business is working on adapting its current technology so that it can automatically detect all airborne viruses, including coronavirus, which could improve the Government’s track and trace efforts. The project has received £1.25m backing from Innovate UK.

Once fully developed, Kromek plans to deploy the new technology in busy areas, such as airports, hospitals, shopping centres, and entertainment venues.

Kromek is well versed in developing detection equipment for the medical, security, and nuclear markets, and its equipment has already been used to protect public officials in high profile events. Its radiation detection equipment has been used to protect President Donald Trump during his visits to Europe.

Initially the new technology will be used to rapidly test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Source: Chronicle Live

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