DeepVerge PLC (LON:DVRG) said it has added two Containment Level 3 (CL3) labs at its headquarters in York.

They will form the basis of a centre of excellence for the EcowaterOS consortium, focused on green technology and data management.

The new facilities will provide space for the launch of the Skin Trust Club, an AI-driven skincare app coming soon.

And it will also host initiatives using the company’s Labskin artificial skin technology, which is the focal point of a collaboration with Liverpool Tropical School of Medicine and Unilever.

DeepVerge said retrofitting has begun with equipment from its subsidiary, Modern Water, which will add a range of real-time surveillance services in water monitoring. 

DeepVerge chief executive Gerard Brandon said: “The centre of excellence and the addition of two CL3 laboratories, at our York, UK headquarters is the culmination of the successful outcome of handling with SARS-CoV-2 at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Liverpool and used to test dangerous viruses such as Ebola and Lassa as far back as 2015. 

“With Labskin services filling our existing space the 95% conversion rate of pre-registration of the Skin Trust Club is a major achievement and additional space is to be added to accommodate the demand for home test kits which will roll out in March.”

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