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CZ-OPENSCREEN will test Corona samples

Our Czech partner site, the Institute of Molecular Genetics (IMG), located in Prague, Czech Republic initiated together with other Czech academic institutions the Coronatest-hackathon initiative. The Coronatest hackathon initiative will gather knowledge and experts from various academic institutions in order to provide capacities to the emergency committee and to accelerate the testing of the coronavirus in the population.

The participating institutes intensively collaborate on the development of methods that will enable testing automation and increase the testing potential.

The team led by Petr Bartůněk plans to test up to 1,000 samples per day. This goal will be achieved mainly thanks to the integrated robotic station, which is part of the equipment of the CZ-OPENSCREEN research infrastructure. CZ-OPENSCREEN focuses on the identification of new molecular probes and tools for research and validation of compounds suitable for the development of new drugs.

The use of the CZ-OPENSCREEN robotics in the Coronatest-hackathon thus fulfils the mission of the infrastructure itself – open access to the general scientific community. The team is composed mainly of volunteers from the Institute of Molecular Genetics (the home institution of CZ-OPENSCREEN) and other academic institutions on the campus.

Petr Bartůněk and all volunteers devote all their time to accomplish the goal – to increase the number of people tested to get a better idea about the spread of the nationwide spread of the virus.