First Covid-19 ART kit developed and made in S’pore approved for sale | The Straits Times

SINGAPORE – The first antigen rapid test (ART) kits for Covid-19 to be developed and manufactured in Singapore have been approved for retail sale by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) under the Pandemic Special Access Route.Local diagnostics and reagents company Cellbae, which developed the self-test kit, said it decided to establish research and manufacturing in Singapore to better serve people here and in the region after the major supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic.Called TEP@RT, the ART kit targets the nucleocapsid antigen of the Sars-CoV-2 virus.Cellbae research and lab director Soh Jun Hui said as most of the mutations, such as the Delta and Omicron variants, occur on the spike antigen, detecting the nucleocapsid antigen is crucial for a self-test kit to remain highly accurate.

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