Introducing the Circle HealthPod

A Lab. In Your Pocket for

Covid-19

Portable, Lab-Quality Testing Made Easy. Anytime, Anywhere.

• Technology Developed in University of Oxford

• PCR-Quality Molecular Accuracy in about 20 Minutes

• CE-IVD Molecular Rapid Detection System

• Detects 99.9% of known COVID-19 strains, including Delta variant

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Portable, Lab-Quality At-Home Testing Made Easy. Anytime, Anywhere.

96% Sensitivity & 99.9% SpecificityCovid-19 Test
R&D CostUS 28 Million
World's Most AdvancedMolecular At-home Test
Privacy &Data Security Ensured
The Science Team

Technology Developed at University of Oxford

Prof. Zhanfeng Cui

Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Oxford

Founding Director, University Of Science Oxford and Oxford Suzhou for Advanced Research (OSCAR)

Prof. Wei Huang

Associate Professor on Synthetic Biology at University of Oxford

Department of Engineering, University Of Science Oxford and Oxford Suzhou for Advanced Research (OSCAR)

Dr. Monique Andersson

Medical Advisor. Director of Microbiology, Oxford University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trusts

How It Works

The Circle HealthPod delivers lab-quality results in about 20 minutes, bringing easy, reliable testing to the comfort and privacy of your home.

HEALTHPOD READER

CIRCLE CAPSULES

The HealthPod Reader enables rapid, accurate, lab-quality testing from the privacy of your own home. HealthPod readers work with our disposable single-use Capsule Sets to repeatedly test for a variety of infectious diseases, starting with Covid-19.

Why It Matters

Hear it from our #CovidFighter Donnie Yen:

"Now, more than ever, we need collective action, involving each and every one.We don’t have to go back to normal.Together, we can create a better normal."
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The Mission: One Pod for All

5,000,000+ Covid-19 Tests and Counting

Prenetics is a leading global diagnostics and genetics testing company with a team of over 700. Prenetics has to-date performed more than 5 Million RT-PCR Covid-19 tests, working closely with the Hong Kong government and with major organizations such as English Premier League and more in the United Kingdom.
96%
SENSITIVITY
99.9%
SPECIFICITY
Covid Tests completed
5,000,000+
60%
REDUCTION IN INFECTIOUSNESS WITH WEEKLY TESTING TO PREVENT BREAKOUTS
Molecular Tests, Antigen Test and Serological Test

Covid-19 Test Comparison

What it Detects
How it Works
What the test tells you
Use Case
Speed & Cost
General Reliability
Circle HealthPod
Rapid Detection System
Detects viral genetic material
Specimen:Nasal orThroat Swabto RNA extract and convert to DNA
Converts viral RNA to DNA for amplification using Molecular Amplification Heater
The presence of viral genetic material, even at low levels
Symptomatic &Asymptomatic
Minutes / Hours
Very sensitive and specific.High sensitivity & specificity
Molecular Test
Nucleic Acid Amplification(RT-PCR, LAMP)
Detects viral genetic material
Specimen:Nasal orThroat Swabto RNA extract and convert to DNA
PCR amplifies DNA using reagent and PCR machines
The presence of viral genetic material, even at low levels
Symptomatic &Asymptomatic
Minutes / Hours
Very sensitive and specific.High sensitivity & specificity
Antigen Test(Protein)
Detects protein on surface of virus
Specimen:Nasal orThroat Swab, sample added to liquid
Liquid addedto cartridge
If virus is present in high concentration
Symptomatic(7 days of infection) High
Minutes / Hours
Misses infections withlow level of virus
Serological Test(Antibody test)
Detects antibodies against the virus
Specimen:Using BloodSample
Liquid addedto cartridge
Detect past presence of virus, it does not detect an active infection
Detect PreviousInfection Only
Minutes / Hours
Very specific and does not test active infection.
What it Detects
How it Works
What the test tells you
Use Case
Speed & Cost
General Reliability
Circle HealthPod
Rapid Detection System
Detects viral genetic material
Specimen:Nasal orThroat Swabto RNA extract and convert to DNA
Converts viral RNA to DNA for amplification using Molecular Amplification Heater
The presence of viral genetic material, even at low levels
Symptomatic &Asymptomatic
Minutes / Hours
Very sensitive and specific.High sensitivity & specificity
Molecular Test
Nucleic Acid Amplification(RT-PCR, LAMP)
Detects viral genetic material
Specimen:Nasal orThroat Swabto RNA extract and convert to DNA
PCR amplifies DNA using reagent and PCR machines
The presence of viral genetic material, even at low levels
Symptomatic &Asymptomatic
Minutes / Hours
Very sensitive and specific.High sensitivity & specificity
Rapid Detection System

Circle HealthPod

Our highly-accurate system is a molecular nucleic acid amplification test for the detection of infectious diseases. Our first, fully-validated test is for Covid-19 and development has started for future tests such as Influenza and STDs.
Testing
Testing in progress. Result will be ready in about 20 minutes
Negative
SARS-CoV-2virus not detected in testing sample
Positive
SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in sample
Invalid
Issue in specimen collectionor testing process
Circle HealthPod Mobile App

Get Results Right on Your Phone

View how to perform the test, detect results, and to share results. Results can also be viewed directly on the HealthPod without the mobile application.
ClearInstructions
ResultsPage
MultipleProfiles
ResultNotification

From Oxford University Covid-19 Lab

The Circle HealthPod is developed by University of Oxford Professors. To make the testing technology available globally, Oxsed was formed as a spin-out company of Oxford University. Oxsed testing laboratories are now in operation globally, including in London Heathrow, Manchester and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Top Questions

What is a Circle HealthPod, Covid-19 Molecular Capsule Set, Anterior Nasal Swab and the HealthPod app? How do they work?
  • Circle HealthPod Rapid Detection System

  • The Circle HealthPod Rapid Detection System is designed to perform in-vitro diagnostic testing for infectious diseases. Our first, fully-validated test is for Covid-19 and development has started for future tests such as for Influenza and STDs. It consists of a Circle HealthPod, a Molecular Capsule, a Specimen Capsule and an Anterior Nasal Swab.

  • Circle HealthPod

  • The Circle HealthPod is a reusable, automated analyzer of test results and is used with the Circle HealthPod Test Capsules, Nasal Swabs, and the HealthPod mobile application.

  • Covid-19 Molecular Capsule Set

  • The Molecular Capsule Set consists of two single-use Capsules: the Molecular Capsule and the Specimen Capsule to be used together.

    • Single-Use Specimen Capsule is a single-use, disposable unit that contains the RNA Water preservative liquid to ensure the specimen with the Nasal Swab is kept in good condition before any Covid-19 detection happens inside the HealthPod.

    • Single-Use Molecular Capsule is a single-use disposable unit that contains two reaction Chambers: one covid-19 reaction chamber which detects SARS-CoV-2 virus, and one Human DNA Internal Control chamber which detects whether the specimen has human DNA. When the Molecular capsule is placed within the heated environment of Circle HealthPod (65°C), reagent reaction triggers a detection.

  • Anterior Nasal Swab and Specimen Capsule

  • The Anterior Nasal Swab is a single-use, sterile, disposable swab used for collection of a nasal sample from the lower portion of the human nose. The Nasal swab will be inserted into the Specimen Capsule when a specimen is collected.

  • Circle HealthPod App

  • The HealthPod app guides users to perform the test, detect results, and to share results. The app can be installed on the users’ iPhone or Android device. Once connected via Bluetooth, the test results can be displayed on the Circle HealthPod App in about 20 minutes. Results can also be viewed directly on the HealthPod without the mobile application.

What type of test is the Circle HealthPod test?
  • The Circle HealthPod Covid-19 test and laboratory tests commonly known as PCR are molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) that detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus genetic material. Other types of molecular tests are PCR, RT-PCR and LAMP. Molecular tests are more accurate than other methods such as antigen tests. The Circle HealthPod test uses isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology developed by University of Oxford professors that is an equivalent alternative amplification method to polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

What is the specimen type and collection method required for the test ?
  • The HealthPod Covid-19 test detects SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in nasal specimens. An anterior nasal swab method is used for sample collection. This method collects samples at the lower nasal, pain-free and a simple experience compared to the nasopharyngeal swab which is more invasive.

Can Circle HealthPod be used by more than one user?
  • The Circle HealthPod is designed to be reusable and shared under both condition below:

    • When paired with a smartphone - HealthPod allows up to 10 profiles to be tested and record their results under one device. Each test requires the use of 1 single-use capsule set and allows one user at a time.

    • When HealthPod is used alone - Each test requires the use of 1 single-use capsule set and allows one user at a time.

Is Circle HealthPod still safe to use if it detects positive results ?
  • The Circle HealthPod is designed to be used safely after a positive result has been detected, as the collected sample is securely locked within the Specimen Capsule. Cleaning and disinfection procedures are suggested:

    • Circle HealthPod: Clean/wipe device with germicidal wipe.

    • Capsule Disposal: Place the used capsules into the disposal bag provided and dispose of the bag as you would normally dispose of your garbage.

Does Circle HealthPod detect other diseases?
  • Circle HealthPod is designed to perform in-vitro diagnostic testing for infectious diseases. Our first, fully-validated test is for Covid-19 and development has started for future tests such as for Influenza and STDs.

What is a Molecular Test?
  • Molecular tests detect genetic material – the RNA (ribonucleic acid) – specifically to SARS-CoV-2. Molecular tests amplify bits of viral RNA so that the presence of the viral genetic material can be detected. This can also be referred to as nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). The procedure begins by taking a sample from a potentially infected person’s nose where a virus might be found. If SARS-CoV-2 is present in the sample, then even low levels of viral genetic material can be amplified into millions of copies detected during a molecular diagnostic assay. If a person is infected, the viral RNA will be detected and produces a positive test result; if a person is not infected, no viral RNA will be copied or detected, which will produce a negative test result. Amplifying the signal allows for even small amounts of virus to be detected.

Product (General)

  • The Circle HealthPod is designed to be reusable and shared under both condition below:

    • When paired with a smartphone - HealthPod allows up to 10 profiles to be tested and record their results under one device. Each test requires the use of 1 single-used capsule set and allows one user at a time.

    • When HealthPod is used alone - Each test requires the use of 1 single-use capsule set and allows one user at a time.

How many times can one use the Circle HealthPod, and what is the shelf life for the one-time used capsule set?
  • The Circle HealthPod is designed to be used up to more than 1000 times. The capsule set has a shelf life for 3 months when stored properly.

Is Circle HealthPod still safe to use if it detects positive results ?
  • The Circle HealthPod is designed to be used safely after a positive result has been detected, as the collected sample is securely locked within the Specimen Capsule. Cleaning and disinfection procedures are suggested:

    • Circle HealthPod: Clean/wipe device with germicidal wipe.

    • Capsule Disposal: Place the used capsules into the disposal bag provided and dispose of the bag as you would normally dispose of your garbage.

Does Circle HealthPod detect other diseases?
  • Circle HealthPod is designed to perform in-vitro diagnostic testing for infectious diseases. Our first, fully-validated test is for Covid-19 and development has started for future tests such as for Influenza and STDs.

Product (App)

Is an account with Circle HealthPod required to use the product ?
  • A test can be done with or without the connection to a smartphone. The registration for individual accounts on smartphones is to allow access to past result records from users and to also share results. The test results can also be detected on the Circle Healthpod itself via the LED lights which will show positive, negative and invalid status.

How many Circle HealthPod can be connected to one smartphone?
  • Each Circle HealthPod can be connected to a single smartphone at one time, it is to ensure the results are secure.

Science

What is a molecular test ?
  • Molecular tests detect genetic material – the RNA (ribonucleic acid) – specifically to SARS-CoV-2. Molecular tests amplify bits of viral RNA so that the presence of the viral genetic material can be detected. This can also be referred to as nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). The procedure begins by taking a sample from a potentially infected person’s nose where a virus might be found. If SARS-CoV-2 is present in the sample, then even low levels of viral genetic material can be amplified into millions of copies detected during a molecular diagnostic assay. If a person is infected, the viral RNA will be detected and produces a positive test result; if a person is not infected, no viral RNA will be copied or detected, which will produce a negative test result. Amplifying the signal allows for even small amounts of virus to be detected.

How is the molecular test better than other methods of Covid-19 tests, such as Antigen test and antibody test?
  • Molecular tests are 500x more accurate than other methods such as antigen tests. Isothermal loop-mediated nucleic acid amplification technology (LAMP) is used for the molecular amplification reaction that is an equivalent alternative amplification method to polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Molecular tests determine if you have a current infection.

  • Antigen test detects specific proteins on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Antigen tests also determine if you have a current infection, but are generally less sensitive than molecular tests.

  • Antibody test detects the presence of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which reflects the body’s immune response. Antibody tests determine if you had a past infection of Covid-19.

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