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.
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.
More information about the process can be found here.
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:
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: