- Sixth Wave Innovations (CSE:SIXW) has formed a partnership with York University and the Centre Technologique des Residus Industriels
- The collaboration is to develop the company’s AMIPs virus detection technology, which will detect viruses in the air
- Sixth Wave has submitted a grant application to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- The company plans for the technology to be incorporated into a deployable air-monitoring system which may detect COVID-19 in future
- Sixth Wave Innovations (SIXW) is down 2.82 per cent and is currently trading at C$0.34 per share
Sixth Wave Innovations (CSE:SIXW) has formed a partnership with York University and the Centre Technologique des Residus Industriels (CTRI).
The three parties will collaborate to develop Sixth Wave’s AMIPs technology, which will detect viruses in the air. AMIPs (Accelerated Molecularly Imprinted Polymers) are used by the company to extract and detect target substances at the molecular level.
The partnership is also submitting a grant application to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The application asks for funding to develop technology that applies the AMIP’s virus detection in the real world.
If approved, NSERC’s grant will help to create a portable, low-cost device that rapidly samples and analyses on-site air. The technology will detect aerosol and droplet-encased viruses in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Sixth Wave will contribute its technology for incorporation into one of the first field-deployable air-monitoring systems for COVID-19 detection.
The partnership plans to develop a prototype which will undergo testing in various settings. These will include the public sector, private industry, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and public transport.
An air-monitoring system which can detect viruses like SARS-CoV-2 could potentially improve the ability to prevent infection. It would also increase general confidence in public settings as countries start to reopen after pandemic-related lockdowns.
Sixth Wave’s CEO, Dr Jonathan Gluckman, said the company is honoured to be selected for such a high-priority collaboration.
“In another project with CTRI, Sixth Wave is contributing it’s IXOS technology for the development of green mining alternatives, and this current partnership continues to develop and strengthen the relationship between CTRI and Sixth Wave,” he said.
Sixth Wave Innovations (SIXW) is down 2.82 per cent and trading at C$0.34 per share at 10:28am EDT.