The Brazil Tech And Innovation Round-Up: Hospital Creates Highly Scalable Covid-19 Testing Method, Startups Work On Mass Testing, Amazonian Innovators Unite Against Coronavirus

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Welcome to this week’s news round-up on the Brazilian innovation and technology ecosystem. Here is a selection of five key developments in Latin America’s largest economy during the week ending May, 22, 2020:

Brazil’s Albert Einstein hospital has developed a highly scalable Covid-19 testing method

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Brazilian hospital Albert Einstein announced the creation of a new highly scalable type of Covid-19 test. The method is based on a next generation sequencing (NGS) technology developed by Varstation, one of the startups supported by the hospital’s incubation program. The DNA sequencing technology,  used for genomic research, has been adapted to sequence Covid-19 with high precision, with processing power up to 16 times greater than the RT-PCR molecular analysis which has been widely used globally to detect the virus. The technique, which will be available from next month, is able to process more than 1,500 samples simultaneously, could provide a significant boost to the country’s testing capacity.
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Another initiative geared at mass testing in Brazil has been launched this week by Vitta, a São Paulo-based startup focused on telemedicine and electronic patient records. Under the #2em2 project, the healthtech enlisted partners including medical center chain Cia da Consulta, logistics operator Loggi, payment processing firm Stone …

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