IN THE NEWS | Testing Still Critical As Travel Opens Up in Hawaii
“We know at least 40% to 50% of individuals are asymptomatic positive, so how are those individuals going to know whether they have the disease or not?” Dr. Scott Miscovich of Hawaii’s Premier Medical Group said. “That’s why you still need to have a large amount of surveillance testing available, while you’re pushing your vaccine rates up at the same time.”
IN THE NEWS | Oceanit progresses towards FDA EUA submission
Oceanit has been hard at work to develop and perfect the ASSURE-19 rapid test for submission to the U.S. FDA for emergency use authorization. Hawaii News Now reconnected with Dr. Patrick Sullivan last week to speak about the huge effort being made and the challenges being overcome as ASSURE-19 moves ever-closer to authorization.
IN THE NEWS | The call for rapid, point-of-need testing gets louder
In Civil Beat this week, reporter Stewart Yerton explored how the calls for fast, frequent and cheap Covid-19 tests are growing stronger by the day. Experts agree that rapid tests can be the critical piece of the puzzle to solve the spread of Covid-19. By detecting infectiousness rather than just presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we can effectively quarantine those who would readily spread the disease – regardless of if that person exhibits or experiences symptoms or not.
ASSURE-19 Featured on Hawaii News Now, Honolulu Star Advertiser, and Pacific Business News
Oceanit is focusing on quickly bringing ASSURE-19 to market, organizing manufacturing so that we can provide schools, emergency responders, and airports with a simple saliva test to make high-risk situations safer. This phase of funding and work will help with regulatory compliance and approval, as well as support for accelerating a ‘go to market’ timeline and scale manufacturing.
KITV Island News – Patrick K. Sullivan Discusses ASSURE-19
On Monday, August 3rd, Dr. Sullivan joined KITV 4’s Evening Island News program for a live interview about ASSURE-19’s progress. Hosts Mika Miyashima and Brenton Awa on heard about our progress, how the test works, scale up plans, and how ASSURE-19 has the potential to reopen Hawaii. Click to watch.
Hawaii News Now – COVID-19 Spit Test
Oceanit welcomed Hawaii News Now to our Downtown Honolulu labs to introduce the ASSURE-19 rapid diagnostic test. Pat Sullivan, CEO of Oceanit joined HNN host, Mahealani Richardson to discuss our recent progress, participation in NIH’s RADx program. Click to read more.