This project, which is being carried out jointly by the Krems University of Applied Sciences and the Austrian Red Cross, is concerned with the production of the spike protein of the corona virus, which is responsible for the current pandemic.
As SARS-CoV-2 is a member of the corona virus family, it shows great similarities with other members of this family. A variable but well conserved region of the virus is produced by fermentation in order to be able to use it for the antibody tests. This should increase the specificity of these tests, which are carried out at the Austrian Red Cross.
These findings can then be used to make much more accurate and reliable statements about the spread of SARS-CoV-2.