Prenetics Scales Health Testing Capabilities Globally with AWS

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 14 December 2021 –
Today, Amazon Web Services (“AWS”), an Amazon.com company, announced that Prenetics, a global leader
in genomics and diagnostic testing, is running its entire infrastructure on
AWS, the world’s leading cloud, to provide millions of consumers globally with at-home testing. Prenetics’ COVID-19 tests are approved and recognized by the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region and United Kingdom governments, and supported by many global organizations
including the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon, Hong Kong International
Airport, London’s Heathrow Airport, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines,
and the English Premier League (EPL). The breadth and depth of AWS’s cloud
capabilities, including computing, developer tools, and databases, have enabled
Prenetics to significantly scale its testing capabilities while also making the
testing process faster, more efficient, and cost effective.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread
worldwide, people needed quick, accurate, and easily accessible testing to
verify their health status, seek timely treatment, and prevent transmission. To
meet this demand, Prenetics used the cloud to develop health solutions, including
its COVID-19 testing services, that helped people navigate the pandemic safely.
With AWS’s full suite of
developer services including AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline, and AWS
CodeDeploy, Prenetics has automated the building, testing, and deployment
phases of application development, saving time for developers to focus on inventing
new health products and features. For example, Prenetics developed Circle HealthPod, a portable,
reusable, and rapid detection system that can test consumers for COVID-19 at
home and at point-of-care locations, like hospitals, in approximately 20 minutes.
Prenetics is developing single-use capsules for Circle HealthPod to detect
other infectious diseases like influenza and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
To run these new tests and access the results, users simply use the Circle HealthPod’s
mobile app, which also runs on AWS.

Using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon
EC2) Auto Scaling, which enables organizations to automatically add or remove
Amazon EC2 instances according to conditions they define, Prenetics
automatically scales microservices for testing-related tasks, including user
registration and test result processing. Amazon Relational Database Service
(Amazon RDS), a service that helps customers set up, operate, and scale a
relational database in the cloud, enables Prenetics to minimize database management time and focus
on managing the testing process. To rapidly scale based on user demand for COVID-19 tests while
remaining secure, Prenetics uses AWS Web Application Firewall (AWS WAF) to
protect its web applications and application programming interfaces (APIs)
against common web exploits and bots that try to compromise security or consume
excessive infrastructure resources. In 2020, Prenetics set up a cloud
infrastructure in four days to achieve data compliance and minimize latency in
Europe by using AWS. Prenetics also built a digital health passport in ten days
in the cloud for the English Premier League, allowing all 20 football clubs to
conveniently and securely reveal their COVID-19 status to make training sessions and
matches safer, bringing the excitement of the game back to fans worldwide.

“By tapping into AWS’s array of services
and proven infrastructure, we accelerated COVID-19 testing with new innovations
and easily expanded operations globally,” said Peter Wong, CTO of Prenetics. “We
look forward to using AWS’s advanced cloud capabilities, including machine
learning, to further support our international customers by providing the best
healthcare services.”

“Organizations leading the charge in healthcare and life sciences
use the cloud to help improve patient care, lower costs, and advance precision
medicine,” said
Robert Wang, Managing Director, Hong Kong and Taiwan, AWS. “The COVID-19 pandemic is
spurring rapid innovation and transformation in the industry, and Prenetics is
using the expertise and the breadth and depth of AWS’s secure, reliable, and
scalable cloud capabilities to transform the testing experience for both patients
and providers.”

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