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Institute of Life Sciences reached the milestone of testing 1,00,000 samples for COVID 19 Tests

Bhubaneswar:14/10/20: In a significant development, the Institute of Life Sciences, an autonomous institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, reached the milestone of testing 1,00,000 samples for COVID 19, through RT-PCR based tests.

The testing at ILS started in April this year with 44 samples and during the process, the testing facility was ramped up to test more than 1000 samples a day. The samples for COVID-19 were provided by the Health and Family welfare department of Govt of Odisha from a many as 26 districts of Odisha.

The entire testing was carried out in the newly commissioned Biosafety Level 3 laboratory with advanced infrastructure and equipment, following the best of safety standards.

Dr. Ajay Parida, Director, ILS mentioned that the testing team of ILS included experienced faculties, research students. He complimented the efforts of the team in augmenting the testing in the state of Odisha and acknowledged the support from the Govt of Odisha as well as the Union department of Biotechnology.

The health and family welfare department complemented the ILS for this “outstanding effort defying all odds to save lives”. The Chief Minister’s office appreciated ILS for playing a significant part in Odisha’s effort to ramp up tests to contain the spread of the pandemic.


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