Mobile Laboratory to Test COVID19 Samples

Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) in association with ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad, and Private industry and is inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 23rd April 2020.

First of its kind in the world, the Mobile Viral Research Lab (MVRL) will speed up COVID-19 screening and related R&D activities was developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), the Hyderabad based laboratory of DRDO in consultation with ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad.

The Mobile Viral Research Lab is the combination of a BSL 3 lab and a BSL 2 lab essential to carry out the activities. The labs are built as per WHO and ICMR Bio-safety standards to meet international guidelines. The system has built-in electrical controls, LAN, Telephone cabling, and CCTV.

The Mobile Lab will be helpful to carry out diagnosis of COVID-19 and also virus culturing for drug screening, Convalescent plasma derived therapy, comprehensive immune profiling of COVID-19 patients towards vaccine development early clinical trials specific to Indian population. The lab screens 1000-2000 samples per day. This lab can be positioned anywhere in the country, as per requirement. 

DRDO acknowledged the contributions of M/s iCOMM for the provision of containers, M/s iClean for design, and build of the BSL2 and BSL3 labs in a time-bound manner, and M/s Hi-Tech Hydraulics for providing the base frame.