Air Canada Explores Rapid COVID19 Testing with
Air Canada is assessing how best to deploy Spartan
Bioscience's portable COVID19 testing technology in the aviation
Spartan, an Ottawa-based biotechnology leader in
portable DNA testing technology, is developing a proprietary swab
for the collection of DNA samples for its COVID19 test.
Spartan's test cartridge (reagents) and the
Spartan Cube (portable DNA analyzer device) remain subject to
Health Canada approval.
"Air Canada's strategy for managing COVID19 has
been to develop and apply multiple layers of biosafety measures
for customers and employees," said Samuel Elfassy, Vice President,
Safety at Air Canada. "We believe the availability of a rapid,
accurate, portable molecular test for COVID19 will add yet another
effective layer. We are excited by the potential and point of care
use cases for the Spartan Cube, and look forward to working with
the Spartan team in the weeks and months ahead."