No more imported dye for Covid RT-PCR test kit as CDRI develops desi ‘GreenR’

NEW DELHI: In one other enhance for the federal government’s make-in-India drive, the nation isn’t any extra depending on imported dye that’s essential for conducting RT-PCR exams, used for detecting Covid-19 an infection, and different diagnostic exams as Lucknow-based CSIR-Central Drug Analysis Institute has indigenously developed the DNA Gel stain known as ‘GreenR’.
India was earlier depending on overseas nations for import of the dye to fabricate check kits. The numerous innovation is anticipated to scale back reliance on imports and supply a cheap various to costly RT-PCR analysis. ‘GreenR’ has been developed by CDRI chief scientist Atul Goel together with his 4 researchers in collaboration with Hyderabad-based Biotech Desk Pvt Ltd.
Dr Kamal Saba, former PhD scholar of CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad, and present R&D head at analysis firm Biotech Desk, informed TOI that “We had a collaboration with CDRI to develop a dye, which is equal to Cyber Dream that’s at present being imported by India. We developed this dye in the course of the Covid time in 2021, which is suitable in real-time PCR check kits. We now have taken a patent on this dye and its industrial manufacturing has already began.”
Dr Saba, who alongside together with his companions on Tuesday opened a pavilion on the CSIR exhibition corridor at Bharat Mandapam, mentioned, “We are able to produce 100mg in every week with which we are able to do two lakh RT-PCR exams. We now have our personal diagnostic package that’s on the certification stage. Different pharma firms are additionally shopping for our indigenously-developed dye to make their very own Covid check kits.” ‘GreenR’ will assist researchers within the subject of life sciences to deliver down their prices considerably. The product additionally has functions in molecular diagnostics and would assist in PCR-based testing of ailments.

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