Alberta Health Services signs $9.5-million contract with Spartan Bioscience for COVID-19 tests


Albertans will soon have faster, more convenient access to COVID-19 testing through a new partnership between Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Spartan Bioscience.

Spartan Bioscience is developing an innovative handheld, rapid-testing device for COVID-19, which can confirm test results for the virus in less than one hour. The technology is expected to help AHS provide additional, more expedient testing for COVID-19 in rural and remote communities, such as Indigenous communities, by eliminating the need for swab samples to be shipped to central labs in major cities.

As part of the $9.5-million contract, AHS will receive 250 handheld devices, along with 100,000 test kits, to be distributed to healthcare facilities outside of Calgary and Edmonton. The first shipment of devices and test kits is estimated to arrive next month, pending approval of Health Canada.

“Spartan is honoured to partner with the Province of Alberta and Alberta Health Services in the COVID-19 response”, said Dr. Paul Lem, CEO of Spartan Bioscience. “We think portable, rapid COVID-19 testing will be important to help control the pandemic. It is gratifying to see a made-in-Canada solution helping Canadians.”

Read the official press release [here.](

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