ASSURE tests utilize breakthrough technology to detect the presence of viruses in just minutes, with the simplicity of a common pregnancy test
ASSURE (Accelerated Sensor Solution for Urgent Response to Epidemics) tests are a novel approach to rapid, point-of-need testing for viruses.
The FDA is currently evaluating clinical trial data for ASSURE-100 and has not yet granted an EUA for diagnostic use.
ASSURE tests are built upon Oceanit’s TRIAD platform technology, an advanced Artificial Intelligence system developed in partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to examine biological causality in genomic codes. Originally developed to support cancer research, Oceanit’s AI technology was pivoted to design molecules with ‘purpose’ that are engineered to respond to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
ASSURE is a simple, fast, and affordable test that detects viruses without having to draw blood or swab high up the nasal passage. It requires no special or complex equipment, and no training is required to use an ASSURE test kit. Additionally, it can provide virus test results within just minutes.
The test cassettes are similar to a home pregnancy test, widely known as Lateral Flow Assays (LFA’s). ASSURE works by simply reacting to users’ swab specimen. AI-engineered molecules in ASSURE’s buffer solution detect the presence of a specific virus/viral particle. If the virus is not present, a single control line will appear. If the virus is detected, a second positive test line will also appear.
Oceanit’s powerful AI can be used to design the required molecular chemistry for a virus of choice, providing a “response” to the presence of the virus by matching to that virus’s genomic code. Development involved the decoding of the Covid-19 virus genomic code to custom build a response molecule for a specific protein within the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
With ASSURE, the test specimen (a swabbed saliva or nasal sample) doesn’t need to be processed through the conventional, time-consuming laboratory technique known as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, in which a machine cycles through several temperature changes to amplify genetic material.
Instead, after shaking for a few seconds to mix, the specimen is applied to the test cassette and the result appears in just minutes. ASSURE tests are a simple, safe, reliable, and effective testing platform that enables affordable, rapid, highly specific testing.
ASSURE-19 is an ASSURE variant currently being developed by Oceanit to utilize saliva specimens for SARS-CoV-2 detection.
ASSURE-19 tests take just minutes to run. Each test kit contains a swab, a vial of buffer solution, a pipette, and a sealed ASSURE cassette. Users swab under their tongues for approximately 15 seconds to absorb saliva. Once the specimen is collected, the swab is plunged into the vial of solution, mixing with the ASSURE buffer.
The solution is then applied to the test cassette via the pipette, and results begin to show up in just minutes. A positive result can be read in as little as 5 minutes. Research and development work is ongoing for ASSURE-19 and has not yet been submitted to the FDA for EUA diagnostic or screening use.
ASSURE-100 is an ASSURE variant developed by Oceanit to utilize shallow nasal specimens for SARS-CoV-2 detection.
ASSURE-100 tests take just minutes to run. Each test contains a swab, a vial of buffer solution, a pipette, and a sealed ASSURE cassette. Users swab approximately 1/2 – 3/4 inches in each nostril for approximately 15 seconds. Once the specimen is collected, the swab is plunged into the vial of solution, mixing with the ASSURE buffer.
The solution is then applied to the test cassette via pipette and results begin to show up in just minutes. A positive result can be read in as little as 5 minutes. The FDA is currently evaluating ASSURE-100 and has not yet granted an EUA for diagnostic or screening use.