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PocketPCR - low cost, USB powered, open source PCR

Hi GOSH
With all the experience from openPCR, gaudiPCR, PicoPCR, miniPCR I spent the last 6 months developing the PocketPCR, a simpler, smaller and more affordable thermocycler ( http://gaudi.ch/PocketPCR/ ) . The whole design is optimized for low cost and desk top mass production. It runs from a regular USB port, power adapter or battery pack. I produced a small batch of kits that I sell at 99 euro on GaudiShop (https://gaudishop.ch/index.php/product/pocketpcr-kit/) - free shipping worldwide. And of course it is open source science hardware, all files available on GitHub ( https://github.com/GaudiLabs/PocketPCR ).

After the launch I was overwhelmed with the positive adoption by the community (134 likes, 45 comments and 61 shares on facebook). And I am now in talks with Alessandro Yaw Crimi about bringing 1000 PocketPCR to Ghana, with Yanwu Guo about bringing it to schools in China and with Josiah Zayner about offering the PocketPCR through The ODIN.

Let me know what you think and how to develop the project further.

Best,
Urs

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Congrat. let me know if u need any help.
Chiu
Co-founder Opentrons

Thank you Chiu. Appreciate a lot. Thinking about coming back to Shenzhen :wink: .
Urs

Oh wow! Looks great!

Already ordered one :wink:

Hi Gaudi. I come to know about this great project recently during this corona epidemic. I am an electronics engineer. Can this pocketpcr used for corona virus test?. I imagine a portable pocket pcr to conduct corona virus test instantly at the spot. I may be wrong. But trying to help our local government during this emergency.

TIA

Welcome to the GOSH Forum @asprakash - great to have you here :slightly_smiling_face:
@gaudi gave a very useful summary of Pocket PCR and COVID detection on the Pocket PCR website: http://gaudi.ch/PocketPCR/index.php/faq/

Can the PocketPCR be used to test for corona virus at home? No. Why:

  • Handling Coronavirus (COVID-19) material requires a bio safety lab (BSL2)
  • Even trained people need some effort to go though this process and the sample preparation properly.
  • The PocketPCR has no quantitative or real-time fluorescence reading needed for reliable testing
  • Tests to diagnose diseases with clinical significance need official approval (testing and government approval). Any false test results can have severe consequences.
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