Rapid testing can help stop the spread of COVID-19

Unlike Laboratory and PCR tests, ASSURE tests deliver results in just a few minutes and can be done anywhere. The simple test requires no special processing, no waiting, and no advanced equipment. Rapid, regular infectiousness tests can enable a safer reopening for schools and the economy.

Research studies from both Harvard University and Yale show that:
  • Rapid result time is far more important than sensitivity.
  • Frequency of testing is far more important than sensitivity.
  • Screening with rapid tests can drive and keep infections down to near zero. A slower protocol cannot.

Safer Reopening

Rapid, regular, and affordable infectiousness tests for COVID-19 will enable a safer reopening.

Schools

Regular, rapid, and affordable COVID-19 testing will make it possible to identify and isolate infected students more quickly. ASSURE tests could help slow the virus' spread by enabling all at-risk students, including pre- or asymptomatic ones, to be detected and effectively quarantined. Research shows that if done properly, rapid and regular testing protocols could drive down infections close to zero.

Businesses

In the workplace, ASSURE tests could prevent 88% of viral transmissions if repeated regularly (twice a week) and with isolation of those who test positive, according to research published by Dr. Daniel Larremore, an applied mathematician who models infectious diseases at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Airports

ASSURE tests could enable airports to safely reopen, testing both departing and arriving passengers, with follow-up testing for several days following travel. This would allow tourism industries to reopen for business while protecting both visitors and airport & hospitality staff.

COVID-19 Testing

There are many existing tests and many more that are being rapidly developed and deployed in the global fight against the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

ASSURE Partners

Oceanit Laboratories has partnered with researchers, physicians, and academics from The University of Hawaii and The Queen's Medical Center to drive ASSURE rapid tests forward, from 'Mind to Market'

University of Hawaii at Mānoa
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Oceanit has teamed with researchers at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, one of the leading medical education institutions in the United States. For the last three years, JABSOM has ranked #1 in National Institutes of Health research awards among community-based public medical schools.

Oceanit Laboratories
Honolulu, Hawaii

Oceanit is a ‘Mind to Market’ company that employs a unique discipline called Intellectual Anarchy to move fundamental scientific breakthroughs from the lab to the market. Oceanit’s teams deliver cutting-edge solutions, services, and products to customers across a vast range of industries.

The Queen's Medical Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

The Queen's Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital with a 160-year legacy of caring for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. A member of The Queen’s Health Systems family of hospitals, The Queen’s Medical Center is the largest private hospital in Hawaii.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions to help you learn more about ASSURE rapid tests.

1. Where can I get ASSURE tests?

ASSURE tests are not yet available to the public. Currently, all ASSURE manufactured tests are being used in clinical trials. Following clinical testing and FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), tests will be made available through a variety of distribution partners, including drug stores and health centers.

2. How much do ASSURE rapid tests cost?

ASSURE is not yet available for public purchase. After receiving FDA Emergency Use Authorization, the cost is expected to quickly drop below $10/test as production scales up. Our goal is to make ASSURE tests so affordable that anybody can affordably access multiple tests – no matter where they are or what their current financial condition may be.

3. How do ASSURE tests work?

ASSURE tests use swabbed specimens to detect COVID-19 using a test cassette, similar to a home pregnancy test. ASSURE-100 uses a shallow nasal swab specimen that is mixed with buffer solution. This mixture is then dropped on the test cassette. ASSURE-19 uses a saliva swab specimen that is mixed with buffer solution. This mixture is then dropped on the test cassette. ASSURE tests have two lines – one to show that the test is working properly (control), and a second line that indicates a positive result is SARS-CoV-2 virus is detected.

5. How accurate is the ASSURE test?

ASSURE is estimated to have 97% specificity (true positive rate) and is sensitive enough to detect COVID-19 as viral levels are approaching infectiousness states. The key to managing the pandemic is to inform asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic persons who would otherwise unwittingly infect their friends, family or co-workers.

6. How fast does the test give results?

A positive result can be read on ASSURE in as little as 5 minutes. It is recommended that you wait up to 20 minutes to confirm a negative result. Results should not be read after 30 minutes.

7. How is ASSURE different to other rapid tests?

While many rapid COVID-19 tests are being developed, ASSURE uses specifically designed molecules to seek out and lock onto proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. ASSURE works without special equipment, with no refrigeration, and without other complicated steps, like mailing samples. The test cassette acts like a pregnancy test: once the specimen is mixed and applied, simply wait for a result (visible red line) to appear.

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