The Total Antibody Test was developed in Rochester at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.
Dr. Chockalingham Palaniappan, Ortho’s chief innovation officer, told 13WHAM on Monday that the company could potentially have millions ready in a matter of weeks.
“If you have the right raw materials available, which we are setting the stage for, in a matter of weeks we can be able to do millions of tests. That’s what we are aiming for,” Palaniappan said.
An antibody test has been discussed as crucial in determining how soon the economy could reopen.
“This test basically reveals that you’ve built an immunity to COVID-19,” he added. “Public health officials are saying many millions of people have been exposed but they haven’t become symptomatic, but they have become immune to the virus.”
The test can also determine potential plasma donors, for those who have recovered from COVID-19, to donate and be given to patients who are struggling to fight the virus, according to 13WHAM’s reporting.