COVID-19 Technology Maturation Award - Winners

Professor Zaghloul of the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and Professor Jordan of the Milken Institute School of Public Health

July 20, 2020

Professor Zaghloul of the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and Professor Jordan of the Milken Institute School of Public Health will be developing a novel, rapid and inexpensive COVID-19 diagnosis method and device allowing for the early detection of infected individuals. The device will detect the presence of COVID-19 viruses in tested individuals via a novel biosensing technology invented in the laboratory of Professor Zaghloul in collaboration with the Biomolecular Measurement Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. The low-cost device will enable the rapid and efficient screening of a large number of individuals in both hospital and home settings. This new method has the potential to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 by allowing the early detection of infected individuals, thereby allowing infected individuals to self-isolate. Once developed for COVID-19 this device and method may be modified and customized to detect other future viruses.

The GW Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) sponsored the COVID-19 Technology Maturization Award to accelerate development of COVID-19 technologies and increase their likelihood of getting licensed. GW TCO works with industry partners to license and commercialize technology solutions to improve and save lives. TCO seeks to impact society by bringing new COVID-19 treatments, diagnostics, or devices to the market.