I Make Coronavirus Test Kits for a Living—We Are All Working in a Frenzy

VICE (03/13/2020)
  • Dr Elif Akyuz is the founding partner of Anatolia Geneworks (Turkey), one of six companies that makes coronavirus test kits.
  • In mid-December, Akyuz predicted that coronavirus would explode and swiftly started making new test kits.
  • This new strain of coronavirus (nCov) required Anatolia to adjust existing kits for new genomic sequences.
  • Despite preparation, Anatolia has been overwhelmed with demand exploding from 29K to 140K test kits per week.
  • Employees now work 17 hour days and prioritize shipments to hard-hit countries (eg Italy).