Cal Poly Develops COVID-19 Saliva Testing Technology

SAN LUIS OBISPO, California – Faculty members from Cal Pol have developed saliva-based COVID-19 testing technology.

The university is working with Santa Maria-based medical device maker Hardy Diagnostics to bring the technology to market.

The new device is a strip that allows saliva to be sampled from the mouth in 30 seconds and is less invasive than a nasal swab.

It was originally designed to streamline on-campus COVID-19 testing for Cal Poly students and staff.

With the new test technology, Cal Poly has doubled the number of tests performed each day while reducing the amount of work involved in performing the tests.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong hopes the technology can be used to further combat the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as fight future viruses and improve health technologies around the world.

“This is a shining example of learn by doing addressing real-world problems,” said Armstrong. “The expertise of our faculty members can have a significant impact on making the fight against COVID-19 – and other similar diseases – easier and more efficient.”

Under a license agreement with the university, Hardy Diagnostics will further develop the device for commercialization and bring it to market.