From left: Avsana Labs' Dr. Zhenpeng Qin, associate professor of mechanical engineering; mechanical engineering doctoral student Yaning Liu; and Dr. Haihang Ye, research associate in mechanical engineering, are part of a team working to commercialize technology for a rapid virus test they've developed. [Photo: UT Dallas]
A team of UT Dallas bioengineers has developed a rapid test for viruses that delivers results as accurate as PCR lab tests within 30 minutes. The test works by attaching gold nanoparticles to antibodies against the virus being tested, then scanning them with two lasers.
Three months after winning the grand prize at the MassChallenge North Texas pitch competition, the team's leader, Dr. Zhenpeng Qin, is working to commercialize the technology through a new company, Avsana Labs.