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How long does lateral flow test development take?

The answer to ‘how long does lateral flow test development take?’ depends on several factors surrounding the assay itself and how it needs to perform i.e. does it need to be qualitative or quantitative, for example.

The lateral flow test development process

At Abingdon Health we establish timelines and deliverables following discussions between our lateral flow rapid test specialists and the client. These discussions are important for understanding our clients’ ambitions for the project and the test, and forms the foundation for delivering a robust and reliable test.

  • Proof of concept
  • Optimisation
  • Scale-up
  • Validation and verification
  • Routine manufacture

More information about the process can be found here.

How long does lateral flow test development take?

Rapid test development normally takes several months. However, Abingdon Health did develop a COVID-19 neutralising antibody test in weeks. Abingdon Health determines several important considerations in order to create a development project schedule:

lateral flow rapid tests going through the manufacturing process

Rapid test strip development

  • The sample matrix and target?
  • Are reagents available?
  • Is there quality and sustainable supply of reagents?
  • Does the assay need to be qualitative or quantitative?
  • Does the assay need to be single target or multiplexed?
  • Are there any regulatory considerations?

Rapid test strip manufacturing

It is important to consider manufacturing as early as possible in the development process. Doing so means the development project is delivered with reliable manufacture being the main aim. Also,  the time needed for lateral flow test strip manufacturing can vary depending on a number of factors:

  • What batch sizes are required and how often?
  • Is the assay qualitative or quantitative and single target or multiplexed?
  • Are there any regulatory labelling considerations?
  • What product packaging solutions are required?
  • Where do the devices need shipping?

For further details about our lateral flow test development and manufacturing capabilities please contact us.

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