U of A spinoff company partners with Alberta Health Services to produce reagents for COVID-19 tests

Associate professor Stacey Hume is working with colleagues at the U of A and with the spinoff company Applied Quantum Materials to produce a made-in-Alberta supply of chemical reagents needed for COVID-19 tests. (Photo: Supplied) Associate professor Stacey Hume is working with colleagues at the U of A and with the spinoff company Applied Quantum Materials to produce a made-in-Alberta supply of chemical reagents needed for COVID-19 tests. (Photo: Supplied)

U of A spinoff company partners with Alberta Health Services to produce reagents for COVID-19 tests

University of Alberta spinoff company Applied Quantum Materials Inc. (AQM) is using its chemical production expertise to partner with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Precision Labs to provide critical reagents needed for COVID-19 testing.

“These reagents—or ‘magnetic beads’—used in standard nucleic acid testing are the gold standard for molecular tests,” said Stacey Hume, associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Department of Medical Genetics. “And until now, Canada did not have any local suppliers of this critical medical reagent within the country.”....

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