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Jan 07, 2021

Government invests in development of Covid-19 testing laboratory

The foreign ministry and HIPA National Investment Agency have granted SYNLAB Hungary Kft HUF 140 million (EUR 390,000) for developments related to coronavirus testing.

 

The foreign ministry and HIPA National Investment Agency have granted SYNLAB Hungary Kft HUF 140 million (EUR 390,000) for developments related to coronavirus testing, and the facility will be on track to process 5,000 PCR tests per day by the first half of 2021.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, welcomed, as “an important development”, that the largest European private service provider of medical diagnostics has made another investment in Hungary, adding that its center in Csepel was central Europe’s largest such lab and possibly Europe’s most cutting-edge.

The minister noted that around 45-50 million samples are tested each year at the 6,000sqm facility, adding that thanks to the government’s support, new laboratory equipment and devices are now being purchased, and a new center of excellence for blood collection and evaluation established together with a Covid laboratory.

Meanwhile, announcing an investment by 3DHISTECH Kft, Minister Szijjártó said Hungarian know-how also played a big role in combatting coronavirus around the world. He told MTI that the company’s devices were key to diagnosing the virus’s symptoms. The state is adding a HUF 282 million grant to the HUF 2.3 billion worth of investments. Its Budapest production center will expand from 4,000sqm to 8,000sqm, creating 70 new jobs, he added.