MHL is built on the foundation of its scientific team, which has years of infectious disease academic research experience. This team is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, having developed two high-quality COVID-19 tests that have been used more than 100,000 times at testing sites in Ontario.
“We are focused on researching optimal testing solutions and creating high-volume tests that are fast, accurate, and cost-effective,” said Marek Smieja, Scientific Director, McMaster HealthLabs.
When the genetic code for the virus was sequenced in January 2020, researchers at The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton went to work to create a made-in-Canada test that could deliver rapid results in as little as three hours.
RSJH can currently run more than 5,000 COVID-19 tests per week, with plans to rapidly increase testing volume to support research in return-to-work strategies.