January 8, 2021

State gives $1.5M in grants for development of new Covid testing

The Baker administration, in partnership with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, announced four grants totaling $1.5 million to broaden coronavirus testing methods in the months ahead.

The grants were given through the Accelerating Coronavirus Testing Solutions program, which was designed by the MLSC to develop new testing methods and solve supply chain bottlenecks.

These grants will develop two new methods of testing for coronavirus — which will help provide alternatives to current testing and expand the number of places testing can occur. Two additional grants will analyze rapid antigen tests for their ability to identify asymptomatic carriers and better inform the accuracy of the tests.