In 2009, when swine flu was gripping parts of the world, Manoj Gopalkrishnan ideated pool testing of samples that would increase the speed and widen the scale of virus testing. However, 11 years later, his idea has found form as this IIT Bombay professor has successfully developed an economical and efficient COVID testing tool- Tapestry. This conception shall greatly aid pandemic management in India in a manner that utilises indigenous technology and ideas.
Took two months to develop Tapestry
Professor Gopalkrishnan of IIT Bombay's Department of Electrical Engineering, started moulding his decade long idea in accordance with modern needs, in March 2020. In a matter of 2 months, he and his team of almost 10 people, developed Tapestry- a single-round quantitative pooling algorithm used with the RT-PCR test.
Tapestry was launched by Bengaluru-based Algorithmic Biologics and collaborations with other labs, like LabAssure (Delhi) and Dhitiomics Technologies (Bengaluru) is being worked upon. The field trial of this tool was conducted at the campus of the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad. Further, as per reports, this COVID testing tool can effectively reduce the time taken to test samples and cut costs by 50-85 per cent.
Tapestry has been recently cleared by the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) for commercial use as a non-regulated medical device. It is believed that Tapestry is best suited for workspaces and campuses as they are controlled and manageable microcosms. Moreover, the tool can be used equally well for testing entire neighbourhood and districts as well.
-With inputs from The Print