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Funds for the first Polish coronavirus test

The Bank Millennium Foundation and Bank Millennium have donated PLN 500 thousand to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań, which developed the first Polish coronavirus test and continues the R&D work on a new generation of tests.

The tests have already reached the production phase. The Bank believes that, until the vaccine is universally available, helping to scale up and accelerate the testing process for Poles is a prerequisite for returning to social and economic normalcy. Support for the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (ICHB) of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznan has been agreed with the Bank’s employees, who expressed their opinion on this topic in an internal survey. 

ICHB is a leading scientific center, which has specialized in RNA research for many years, including the study of viruses with genetic material in the form of RNA. Such viruses include the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Right after the first infections were recorded in Poland, scientists from the Institute started working on tests detecting of SARS-CoV-2 in the human body. Thanks to their knowledge and experience, as well as excellent laboratory infrastructure, they quickly started a “Virus Support Group” carrying out SARS-CoV-2 testing on the 24/7 basis.  

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