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U of M alumni engaged in detecting coronavirus

Intrinsic Analytics, located on Taché Avenue at the Asper Institute on the St. Boniface Hospital campus, pivoted its lab services last spring to include RT-PCR assays of the coronavirus - the gold standard for such tests, according to the doctors who formed the company in 2012.

 
"We focus on individuals who may spread the virus unknowingly, such as asymptomatic and pre-symtomatic people, in order to detect the virus and limit its spread in workplaces or to the community," Dr. Waylon Hunt said.

"This is different than the testing done by the provincial health system, which tests people who have symptoms already."

The company’s CEO, Hunt has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a PhD in pharmacology and therapeutics. Dr. Ryan Mitchell is the company’s chief analytics officer, and has a bachelor’s degree with honours in microbiology and a PhD in pharmacology and therapeutics. Dr. Jon-Jon Santiago is the company’s chief scientific officer and has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a master’s and doctorate in cardiovascular physiology.

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