Ultra Low-Cost Rapid Diagnostic Test Production

Ultra Low-Cost Rapid Diagnostic Test Production

Louis Roux


South Africa


Lifeassay Diagnostics Pty Ltd is a privately owned RDT manufacturing company committed to manufacturing point-of-care test kits locally using African developed technology and expertise. The solution is a new and innovative process whereby RDTs can be manufactured at significantly reduced cost without any negative impact on RDT performance or stability. Through the incorporation of new materials and manufacturing techniques, raw material savings of up to 45% can be achieved thereby allowing for more RDT procurement and healthcare benefit. The plug-and-play manufacturing process allows for rapid scale up of production volumes and can be rolled out in any African country. This solution offers African-based manufacturers the opportunity to produce these tests themselves in a sustainable, competitive and environmentally friendly way. Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) are widely used as screening and confirmatory tests for major infectious diseases in developing countries.