What is Dipcovan developed by DRDO

Dipcovan- Covid-19 detection kit

The Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), a laboratory of DRDO located in New Delhi has developed a COVID-19 antibody detection kit Dipcovan.

It can determine whether or not a person has been exposed to SARS-CoV-2. The kit has a shelf life of 18 months.

It has been developed in association with Delhi-based Vanguard Diagnostics Pvt Ltd, for the qualitative detection of IgG antibodies in human serum or plasma, which are developed in response to the coronavirus antigens. The kit will be sold commercially by Vanguard Diagnostics from the first week of June.

Dipcovan is a DIPAS-VDx Covid-19 IgG antibody microwell ELISA. It can detect both Spike & Nucleocapsid proteins of the virus with 97% sensitivity and 99% specificity. 

It requires 75 minutes for the test to be done, and is expected to be priced at ₹75 per test.

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