Spartan’s COVID-19 Test: Swab Update


Ottawa-On May 1, 2020 Health Canada informed Spartan of challenges with our proprietary swab’s ability to collect a sufficient sample to conduct Spartan’s COVID-19 test. The same report confirmed the accuracy and analytical performance of Spartan’s test cartridge (reagents) and the Spartan Cube (portable DNA analyzer device). However, due to the swab issue, Spartan voluntarily recalled our COVID-19 product.

Since then, we’ve been working around the clock with a team of experts to address the swab issue. We have identified a number of options and are working towards delivering a final solution. We are confident that we will have positive news to share soon, and will continue to keep our partners apprised. Spartan remains committed to our development goals to bring a fast and portable COVID-19 test to all Canadians, and we appreciate the ongoing support and collaboration from the Government of Canada and provincial governments across the country.

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