Business in Vancouver: Oilsands company helps develop COVID antibody test

Canada’s largest oilsands company, Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU), is donating technology it developed for treating wastewater for the development of COVID-19 antibody tests.

The technology is being given to Western University scientists, who hope to harness the technology to produce antibodies from microalgae.

Serology tests – i.e. testing for antibodies – will be an important tool for managing both the economy and the disease, since these tests can determine who has immunity to the virus.

Suncor had developed technology that uses micoalgae to produce proteins that can be used to break down bacteria in wastewater.

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