Innovative Sewage Testing Tool for SARS-CoV-2 - Gold Medal

This is an unique method for the identification and quantification of the SARS-CoV-2 in sewage sample for the use in surveillance of seage for SARS-CoV-2.
Technology Benefits
This newly invented sewage surveillance system provided actionable information for public health interventions and helps the decision makers of local government to take preventive step as in controlling and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. It has been repeatedly proven to be highly reliable in identifying hidden COVID-19 cases in the communities. During the period from December 2020 to February 2021, this method has successfully identified more than 50 hidden COVID-19 cases in the communities of Hong Kong.
Technology Application
Detailed Technology Description
This unique method can rapidly and effectively detect and record the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses within wastewater and sewage from specific locations. The systems employ Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTqPCR) to identify and quantify nucleic acids indicative of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses within samples obtained from sewagesheds. The systems reproducibly and accurately identify and quantitate viral RNAs for enable rapid and early monitoring of municipal water systems in areas housing or related to patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 and/or other viruses, and provide databases to monitor the presence of infectious agents within sewagesheds on a community-wide level.
Type of Cooperation
Application Date
26/01/2021 00:00:00
Application No.
Hong Kong


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