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Portable COVID19 Testing Lab

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Currently India is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire country is vulnerable and the statistics of infected and affected people is growing day by day. As on 27.3.2020; we have capacity to test only 15000 samples/ day all over India and we will need many more test facilities in rural India too, practically in every district.

Hence, Sciencebydesign Labsystems Pvt Ltd (Turnkey lab construction company), Arena Consultants (Lab Architects), & Firstsource Laboratory Solutions (Lab equipment company) have come together to design and develop a Portable Container Test Lab setup for testing COVID-19 virus. It is our sincere attempt of setting up such facilities for the benefit of our fellow countrymen.

We are elated to build Mobile Virology Test Labs which have also received a grant from BIRAC (DBT, Government of India) with the assistance of the esteemed Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • This is a PORTABLE / MOBILE/ CONTAINER Lab setup for testing COVID19
  • Lab set-up will be done in Container of size- 20’-0” x 8’-0” and can be transported to any location in India
  • Lab design is done considering CDC guidelines, GMPP (Good microbiological practice and procedure)and WHO Guidelines
  • It will have the capacity to carry out testing for 250 to 300 samples per day in 12 hours
  • Sample collection will primarily be from hospitals and it is assumed that they are delivered to this centre in batches
  • It is considered that the testing will be done via government approved ‘KITS’ only

Features :

  • The lab layout is compartmentalized in 3 sections:-
    1. Sample receiving area and storage
    2. Testing area
    3. Discard area
  • The lab is designed as a negative pressure lab with UNI-DIRECTIONAL FLOW from entry to discard point and will have the provision of AHU with fresh air supply. The entry will be through air lock.
  • Container has been furnished with storage for all PPE’s at the entry point and with under counter storages for reagents etc, inside the lab.
  • Lab has space planning all necessary equipments: Fridge (4 Deg C), frost free freezer (-20 Deg C), centrifuges 4 Deg, vortex mixer, certified class II BSC Type A2, real time PCR with work station, autoclave, sink with eye-wash, computer and A4 size printer
  • Discard area is segregated from main lab and all waste will be treated as bio-hazard waste as per PCB guidelines.


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Note :

  • All the lab equipment and mechanical equipment are one-time set-up that will be provided in this.
  • Exclusions: Trained medical staff to run the facility, PPEs, consumables, Testing Kits do not form the part of this portable unit.

For inquiries: Salil Sansare @

Mobile Covid Lab:

  • A versatile Mobile Testing Laboratory for Infectious diseases including Covid 19, Sars, Mers and any pathogenic disease
  • Primary purpose – to extend the “Reach of Testing” to remote places
  • BSL 2 laboratory, meeting or exceeding WHO, CDC and ICMR standards
  • Test capacity of 100 COVID- 19 samples in 4hours i.e. 300 samples / 12hours
  • Software capabilities can be used to control Infectious Disease epidemics