Latest team to join the battle against coronavirus is Canon USA, they made the announcement that the company’s medical division (Canon Medical Systems Corporation) has started “development of a rapid genetic testing system for the novel coronavirus.”
You might ask, why is a tech company having a medical department. But it’s not just Canon.
Almost every major camera maker has a medical division, while as a result of this virus the imaging division seems to be paused, well the medical division is stepping in by helping the world diagnose and treat it.
In as much as finding a cure is very important, being able to easily test for it is also very important, and this is where Canon is stepping in.
In a press release published by Canon Inc. (the digital imaging division) the company announced that Canon Medical is part of a research project that is working on a rapid test for COVID-19. The test is based on the LAMP method, a testing methodology that “allows for detection of the virus to be performed more easily and quickly” than the current real-time PCR-based tests, and “makes it suitable for testing in local areas where infection is prevalent.”
This step is not new gesture from Canon, in the past the Canon Medical division has developed and provided rapid test kits for both Ebola and Zika during outbreaks in 2015, 2018, and 2019.