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Facebook, Google Veteran Hugo Barra to Lead Covid Testing Startup

  • Barra sees user-friendly diagnostic in Detect technology
  • Testing company has raised $110 million from investors

Hugo Barra, a onetime executive at social-media leader Facebook and web-search giant Google, was named chief executive officer of Detect, a Covid-19 testing startup.

The company makes a $50 at-home test that looks for the virus’s genetic material, similar to some laboratory assays, and produces results in about an hour. The Guilford, Connecticut-based startup is launching its product Wednesday.