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Business Courier: UC grad's technology diagnoses coronavirus

UC graduate Jay Han works for MiCo BioMed, which developed quick diagnostic equipment for COVID-19

The Cincinnati Business Courier wrote about new technology developed by a University of Cincinnati graduate to diagnose COVID-19, or coronavirus.

A PCR machine developed by MiCo BioMed

MiCo BioMed's PCR machine can test for coronavirus. Photo/Provided

UC College of Engineering and Applied Science graduate Jay Han works for MiCo BioMed, which has offices in Cincinnati. The company is seeking federal regulatory approvals to sell diagnostic testing equipment it developed and is selling in Europe.

Han said the device provides test results more quickly than traditional tests. And the portable device can be used in remote or isolated areas far from medical labs, he said.

"There are people who have trouble getting access to labs or hospitals," Han said.

Han worked in the lab of UC electrical engineering professor Chong Ahn before joining Ahn's former company Siloam Biosciences, which South Korea-based MiCo BioMed purchased in 2018.

Ahn is developing point-of-care-testing devices in his lab to diagnose infectious diseases such as malaria.

A phone is plugged into a portable lab with test strips in front.

UC College of Engineering and Applied Science professor Chong Ahn is working on point-of-care-testing devices, a portable lab that plugs into your phone. The lab can test saliva and transmit results to your doctor over a custom app UC developed. Ahn tested the device with malaria. Now he is working on other infectious diseases such as coronavirus. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services