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Supplying essential COVID-19 tests to all Canadians

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Canadians to help in the fight against COVID-19, Pat Whalen knew what he had to do.

Pat is the CEO of LuminUltra Technologies, a biotech company with expertise in developing rapid-results biological tests. Regular testing is an essential part of slowing the spread of COVID-19, but many regions across Canada are facing testing backlogs. The problem? They don’t have enough of the chemicals that they need to do the tests.

Pat knew that he and LuminUltra could help by supplying the essential chemicals for these tests across the country. He responded immediately to the prime minister’s call to action, and they have since signed a contract with the federal government to produce 500,000 tests per week.

Local product, national impact

Pat had to scale up LuminUltra’s production quickly to ensure that every part of the country would have enough tests available to them. Luckily, Pat’s team has the specialized tools and talent to pull this off. They recently received Health Canada authorization to distribute their complete clinical COVID-19 testing solutions, helping to ensure Canadians have access to even more essential testing supplies.

Supporting community is key

The LuminUltra team is stacked with UNB alumni, including Pat himself (BScChE’03). Their innovative, community-focused solutions to microbiological problems have made them international leaders in their field. Now, they’re working on even more COVID-19 tests – surface testing and wastewater testing – to help stop the spread in communities before it even starts.

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