March 6, 2021

IIT Guwahati develops sterile “SPILD” VTM kits, RT-PCR kits and RNA isolation kits

GUWAHATI: The Minister of Finance, Well being and Family Welfare of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma, at present launched the Viral Transport Media (VTM) Kits.

These reasonably priced and sterile Viral Transport Media (VTM) kits, RT-PCR kits and RNA isolation kits have been developed at IIT Guwahati collectively with RR Animal Healthcare Ltd. with inputs from GMCH.

Because of the large demand for these kits and the excessive worth related of their well timed procurement, the Nationwide Well being Mission (NHM), Assam had approached IIT Guwahati for his or her growth and procurement.

Sarma, mentioned, ”
Assam has been efficiently main the combat towards COVID-19 pandemic and our initiatives have gone a good distance in containing this illness in your entire NE area. We wish to determine and include this illness at an early stage and it is important that now we have all of the essential kits and supplies in order that our frontline healthcare employees and medical doctors who’re doing a commendable job don’t face any hurdles. We’re very proud of this product growth and launch of the VTM and different COVID-19 associated kits in IIT Guwahati, Assam and I congratulate The Director, IIT Guwahati and the school members for this growth in addition to acknowledge different assist being offered to us.”

The viral transport media or VTM kits are the primary cease supply used to gather the nasal and oral swab specimens from the person supply to the laboratory safely for tradition and testing. Throughout this era the virus, if current, within the pattern specimens ought to stay intact till the testing process is accomplished. The “SPILD” VTM kits developed at IIT Guwahati, consists of a complete resolution specifically formulated for the gathering and transport of SARS-CoV-2. These kits comprise of a CDC advisable and validated transport medium and one every Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal specimen assortment swabs. The entire package deal is appropriate for the gathering, transport, upkeep, and long-term freezer storage of viral specimens. The distinctive formulation of the transport medium helps in preserving the viability of viruses for as much as 72 hours (at refrigerated temperatures). The swabs have been designed ergonomically with a pre-molded breakpoint on their shaft for enabling safe sampling. These sterile “SPILD” VTM kits adjust to the CDC advisable configurations for viral specimen assortment for COVID-19 and are packed in consumer pleasant particular person packs.

Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, mentioned, I
ITG has been within the forefront on this combat towards COVID-19 and has been supporting the Assam state authorities on this time of pandemic. On receiving the request from Director, NHM to supply these VTM kits, the institute instantly acted upon this request and commenced manufacturing of those sterile and reasonably priced VTM kits and the primary batch have already been delivered to GMCH. IITG is leaving no stone unturned in making the nation self-reliance (Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan) as talked about by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and is fostering relations with the business in healthcare merchandise manufacturing in Assam”.

Along with the sterile “SPILD” VTM kits the Institute has additionally developed “SPILD” RNA isolation kits and “SPILD” RT-PCR kits collectively with RR Animal Healthcare Ltd. that are crucial to securely isolate the RNA from COVID-19 virus. The purified RNA is then transformed to DNA by an enzyme Reverse Transcriptase, that are utilized to substantiate the presence or absence of COVID-19. The big scale manufacturing of all these kits has commenced to satisfy the requirement of the Assam State in addition to will likely be made obtainable throughout the nation.

Your entire logistics to satisfy the deadline set by the state authorities has been strictly adhered to which has led to the well timed growth and manufacturing of those sterile kits. An necessary initiative of your entire programme has been the involvement of business proper from the conception stage and assuring that the manufacturing of those kits will carry top quality and reasonably priced healthcare product growth in Assam.

Parameswar Krishnan Iyer, Professor on the Division of Chemistry and Middle for Nanotechnology, mentioned,
“This collaboration of academia with business and the well timed growth of those top quality sterile kits as requested by the state authorities will immensely assist in conducting giant scale testing and identification of COVID-19 instances and forestall the unfold of this pandemic”.

Prof. Siddhartha Sankar Ghosh, Professor, Division of Biosciences and Bioengnieering and Middle for Nanotechnology, added,
“Your entire equipment growth, the standard of which is similar to the perfect on the earth, to scaling up was very thrilling because the demand from GMCH and NHM, Assam was rapid and with business becoming a member of IITG, we might ship the mandatory ‘SPILD’ VTM kits efficiently.”

Dr. Debashis Dutta, Director, RR Animal Healthcare Ltd., said,
“We’re very delighted to collectively work with IIT Guwahati and the Assam State authorities for the event of those COVID-19 diagnostic kits which has given us a possibility to serve the society, particularly in north-east area of India right now of pandemic. We look ahead to present an reasonably priced and top quality one well being resolution to the Area and your entire Nation”.

Dr. Labanyamoy Kole, Head, Analysis and Improvement, RR Animal Healthcare Ltd, additionally added,
“This means of COVID-19 associated equipment growth with IIT Guwahati has been an excellent prospect to serve folks in a well timed method and ship necessary healthcare merchandise”.