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Technology to Develop and Commercialize a Portable and Accurate Coronavirus Test License by Quara Devices Inc. (dba Edoceo Devices) from Colorado State University

Boulder, CO July 16, 2020 — Quara Devices Inc. dba Edoceo Devices (“Edoceo”) is pleased to announce it has licensed technology from Colorado State University (“CSU”) as part of its plan to bring a portable and highly accurate COVID-19 test to market.

The CSU technology will be the foundation for a small, inexpensive virus-detection technology invented by the CSU research team. The new diagnostic device aims to be fast, portable and more accurate than currently available COVID-19 tests. It is one of several technologies stemming from a collaboration among CSU researchers Brian Geiss, Chuck Henry and David Dandy, who have combined their wide-ranging expertise in virology, chemistry and chemical engineering to create this technological platform.

The CSU team’s decision to license their viral RNA-testing platform to Edoceo will advance Edoceo’s plans to develop and commercialize a range of portable diagnostic biosensors to quickly detect bacterial and viral infections.

The licensing deal, mediated by CSU Ventures, which is dedicated to the business of technology transfer and commercialization, allows Edoceo to move the CSU technology toward commercialization through collaboration with the CSU scientists on product engineering and design to ensure high efficacy and accuracy. Edoceo has filed an Offering Statement under Regulation A of the Securities Act to raise capital to support these tasks and commercialize its devices, with the goal of a marketable product to address COVID-19 within the next 12 months.

Edoceo’s Chief Science Officer is Dr. Ken Reardon, a professor in the CSU Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He initiated the licensing deal as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated. The technology is envisioned as a point-of-need genetic analyzer for viruses and bacteria, including but not limited to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

"This technology predated the pandemic, but because of its versatility as a platform, and the significant need for high accuracy in detecting COVD-19 in patients, we see an urgency to get it out now," said Reardon. "We are trying to get this into the market within the year, which is a pretty aggressive acceleration."

Geiss, Henry and Dandy have worked together for several years developing low-cost biological diagnostic platforms for applications including viruses and bacteria. For the device they have licensed to Edoceo, their original goal was to detect organisms with antimicrobial resistance. As COVID-19 was becoming a pandemic, they found they could generalize their basic platform, which they began developing over a year ago, into a sensitive test for RNA viruses, including coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2.

"I am very much a believer that if you don't get a technology like this into someone's hands who can make and produce it, it's just an academic exercise," said Henry. "It was a big deal for us to move this into a product that will help people."

Henry, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, explained that the licensed technology is a paper-based, "lateral-flow" device reminiscent of a home pregnancy test. It recognizes a target sequence in the virus's genetic material, then amplifies that signal to display a positive readout – like the line on a pregnancy test.

“We are excited to work with the high caliber cross disciplinary CSU team and by the great potential for this technology to be an accessible tool to quickly and accurately detect Covid-19 and other viruses,” said Rod Reum, CEO of Edoceo Devices, 

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