FluroTest Provides System Development Update; Announces Further Progress Optimizing the Immunoassay for SARS-CoV-2 Detection

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FluroTech LTD. (TSXV: TEST) (OTCQB: FLURF) and wholly owned subsidiary FluroTest Diagnostic Systems ("FluroTest" or The Company), a developer of diagnostics technology in high output rapid antigen testing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens, today provided a progress update on its efforts to bring its Pandemic Response Platform to market.

About FluroTest Diagnostic Systems Ltd.

FluroTest, a diagnostics technology leader in surge-scale rapid antigen testing for the detection of SARS-CoV2 and other pathogens, is developing a pandemic defense and economic recovery system purpose-built for businesses and special-needs populations requiring fast and highly accurate testing for a high number of people. Unlike individual or low-throughput tests, FluroTest's system is designed to be well-suited for high-traffic, high-risk pandemic environments including schools and colleges, hospitals and large healthcare facilities, athletic stadiums and performance venues, airline and cruise ship terminals, corporate campuses, shopping centers, manufacturing facilities, transportation and distribution hubs and other large business and retail locations. Created to support business continuity efforts and public well-being, the system combines and leverages the disciplines of robotics automation, biochemistry, fluorescence detection and cloud computing – with the concept processing thousands of tests per hour while delivering accurate, digitally verifiable results to a test taker's mobile device within 10 minutes.

FluroTest has been developing its “Pandemic and Emerging Disease Defense Platform” since late January 2021. The Company has made significant progress in its research and development efforts during just this 10-month period.  Through continued optimization over the last few weeks, the Company has achieved what it believes is a breakthrough with it efforts to optimize its testing protocol and is realizing a 50x to 60x improvement in all aspects of the process, as compared to the 30x to 40x it previously reported on November 19, 2021. Based on these improvements to date, the Company’s test is performing at a level consistent with approximately 48% of current FDA approved antigen tests in the market which average at least about 15 minutes per test and more complicated to administer to a number of people at once. These improved results have occurred because of the changes made to its testing protocol. Management believes that, with the new protocol, it will be able to further improve these results with additional refinement.

The Company has recruited key advisors, as per the announcement on June 10, 2021, with deep experience in both specific technologies being deployed and commercialization of other diagnostic assays unrelated to COVID. The Company believes that its technology will represent a disruptive breakthrough in the development of its high volume, high speed “point of entry/point of access” testing solution.

Important breakthroughs include:

Fewer steps in sample processing – The simplified sample processing protocol has eliminated 43% of the sample processing steps, thus reducing time and complexity.

Testing protocol simplification – As a result of the simplification of the testing protocol, the Company has made great strides in refining the type of instrumentation required to read processed test samples, further reducing the time necessary for each reading as well as reducing the capital cost of field-based instrumentation hardware by as much as 50% as well as reducing the equipment footprint by 40%. Both of these improvements make the system accessible to many more “point of entry” environments, such as airports, schools, university campuses, hospital entrances, to name a few.

Materials cost per test reduced – While initial estimates of the direct cost of each test to the Company would approximate US $5.00 to US $6.00, the Company’s optimized protocol development efforts are aimed at producing a direct cost per test of approximately $1.00, thus providing the Company with flexibility in pricing tests much lower to the consumer while still maintaining favorable gross profit margins. It is hoped that this costing will lend itself to mass testing at an affordable cost and in return should assist in helping to reduce super spreader events.

Platform solution cost per test improved – The optimization of sample processing and equipment necessary to process tests will lower the capital cost per platform by as much as 50%, thus making the platform solution more affordable to more potential customers and enabling more frequent testing.

“The process for scientific discoveries and innovation takes rigorous work. However, through our scientific process, the Company has achieved breakthrough improvements this year. With the adaptation of the Pandemic Defense system to utilize a new immunoassay technology the development team is gaining momentum in finalizing assay development for clinical trials. We will have created a system that can serve a significantly greater population in even more environments than we originally anticipated and at a much lower cost, there is still much to do, but we are optimistic as to the outcome,” said Bill Phelan, CEO of FluroTest.

The Company expects in 3 to 4 months it will complete test optimization, protocol development, and prepare to enter clinical trials.

Readers are cautioned that, although FluroTest has achieved proof of concept prototype, the testing method and device is still in the pre-approval stage and accordingly FluroTest is not currently making any express or implied claims that the technology can, or will be able to, accurately detect the COVID-19 virus.

About FluroTech (TSXV: TEST) (OTCQB: FLURF)

The goal of FluroTech's research and technology is to develop detection methods which are high speed, sensitive, specific and easy-to-use. By combining FluroTech's proprietary spectroscopy-based technology with laboratory robotics automation and cloud computing, FluroTech, through the application of its technology and investment in FluroTest Diagnostics Systems Ltd. ("FluroTest"), the interests in which have been disclosed in previous press releases, has created a unique solution addressing the current and future pandemics. Based upon technology that was first developed at the University of Calgary, the FluroTest SARS-CoV-2 test is designed to identify patients with active virus infection; this is not necessarily the case for most of the currently approved tests that are meant to identify patients with SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid.

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Danny Dalla-Longa, CEO


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This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information generally refers to information about an issuer's business, capital, technology or operations that is prospective in nature, and includes future-oriented financial information about the issuer's perspective financial performance or financial position. The forward-looking information in this news release includes disclosure about the ability of the Company's testing devices to accurately and quickly detect COVID-19 and to process large numbers of samples in short time frames, the benefits of and demand for the Company's testing devices, its efforts to obtain approval of the FDA and Health Canada, its potential partnership with a major U.S. based healthcare system and finalizing plans to conduct clinical trials and its intent to amalgamate with FluroTest Diagnostics Systems Ltd which owns a 100% interest in FluroTest LLC. The Company made certain material assumptions, including but not limited to prevailing market conditions and general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties, the ability to obtain FDA and Health Canada approvals, the demand for its COVID-19 testing devices and their ability to perform as expected, its potential partnership with a major U.S. based healthcare system and finalizing plans to conduct clinical trials and its intent to amalgamate with FluroTest Diagnostics Systems Ltd which owns a 100% interest in FluroTest LLC and to obtain the regulatory approvals required in connection with the same, to develop the forward-looking information in this news release. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Actual results may vary from the forward-looking information in this news release due to certain material risk factors described in the Corporation's Annual Information Form under the heading "Risk Factors", the failure to develop and commercialize its testing devices in a timely manner or at all, the failure to recognize the anticipated benefits from the devices, the failure to obtain FDA or Health Canada approval for its products, the risk that regulatory approvals will not be received and the risk that changing circumstances will result in the decrease in demand for FluroTest's products. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of material risk factors and assumptions is not exhaustive.

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