Indianapolis lab developing an antibody test for COVID-19

Posted at 10:01 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 10:01:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis lab is developing an antibody test to give you more information about your risk to COVID-19.

The lab says it could have one million tests ready in a matter of weeks.

Marine Zak Khan, the owner of Aria Diagnostics in Indianapolis, is close to bringing to market an antibody test to determine if you are likely or not to get COVID-19.

"I think the way to get out of this is testing," Khan said. "The one we are looking at is a pin-prick test similar to a blood glucose test. It takes 15 minutes and costs $20. We're confident in that price."

The Carmel High school graduate's lab already manufactures COVID-19 testing kits donating a shipment of 50,000 to New York City to help with their efforts.

In turn, the Big Apple is buying thousands of more kits.

That's meant a doubling of Khan's workforce to keep up with the demand.

It shows no sign of slowing down as there's a push from the public and politicians calling for more testing.

"It's like a Marne taking a field when half the combatants have live rounds, and the other half has blanks, and we don't know who or where we are supposed to fire at because more of our patients found positive were asymptomatic," Khan said. "Without knowing who is positive...we need to test everybody."

Aria Diagnostics says the test will not roll out until they can verify the tests are accurate, accessible, and affordable.