A Connecticut based company known as Detect is laying the groundwork for distribution of an at-home COVID-19 test that promises precise results within minutes.

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Dr.Jonathan Rothberg is a combination scientist and entrepreneur. His company, Detect, has applied for emergency authorization of his product from the Food and Drug Administration by the end of this year, as reported by the Hartford Courant.

Currently, the Detect test is in clinical trials under a tent in Guilford, CT, where the company is located. Volunteers are invited to give the test a try only by appointment. When it hits the market, Rothberg is hoping to keep the cost under $35.

Occasionally, clinical trial volunteers are being asked to test the usability of the sample kit by attempting to follow the instructions. Rothberg told the Courant that this helps to perfect the product before it begins mass production.

President Obama Awards National Medals Of Science And Nat'l Medals Of Technology And Innovation
President Obama Awards Jonathan Rothberg National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology - Getty Images

In 2015, Dr. Jonathan Rothberg was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation's highest honor for technological achievement, by President Obama.

I would fill you in on some of Rothberg's latest innovations, but I haven't a clue what he's talking about. Rothberg's goal, according to his website jonathhanrothberg.com, is to make healthcare accessible to everyone around the world. Rothberg was born in New Haven and earned his PhD at Yale and has founded a number of companies and developed various medical technologies.

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