Microbiology News : clinical, Feb 2021

New Products for COViD-19 Testing
This week: Two lists on top performing rapid tests published by EU and independent researchers; Air sampler detects virus in study; high-throughput testing robot for SARS-CoV-2 developed by Ziath and new algorithim on smartphone app can detect very low viral loads on rapid antigen test. more...
Air sampler for viruses
Smiths Detection has reported that its BioFlash® Biological Identifier can detect SARS-CoV-2 in the air following tests conducted by the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). more...
Best Rapid Antigen and Antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2
NSF International and Novateur Ventures have identified 5 direct (antigen/RNA) tests for detection of acute infection and 6 indirect (antibody) tests for detection of prior infection that meet the recently published WHO "desirable" Target Product Profile (TPP) criteria. more...
Virus inactivation medium
RNAssist (Cambridge UK) and Rapid Labs Ltd (Colchester, UK) have launched the virusPHIX™ range of virus inactivating and RNA stabilising transport media, following successful SARS-CoV-2 inactivation testing carried out by Public Health England (PHE). more...
Antigen test with smart phone reader
The LooK SPOT COVID-19 Antigen Test and AI algorithm enable fast results and real-time public data reporting. The kit also includes an antigen test reader and smartphone app, which can detect low-viral loads that might not be visible to the naked eye.  more...
Rapid Antigen tests approved in europe
The EU Health Security Committee has agreed on a common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, a selection of rapid antigen tests for which Member States will mutually recognise their results, and a common standardised set of data to be included in COVID-19 test result certificates. more...
Robotic System for Ultra-High Throughput SARS-CoV-2 Testing
Ziath and the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, Netherlands) have developed a pioneering automated test robot, called STRIP-1, which can process up to 20,000 samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing in just 24 hours. more...
SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test CE-marked
Sona’s rapid antigen test provides results in 15 minutes and is an immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of the spike protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal (NP) swab specimens from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19. more...
RT-PCR test detects UK varitant
The MDX rTest COVID-19 B.1.1.7 kit has been used by the Slovenian government to reveal the prevalence of B.1.1.7 variant in its population. The test does not rely on spike gene target failure and can detect variants with similar mutations.  more...
Chromogenic screening medium for linezoid-resistant Staphylococci and Enterococci
CHROMagar™ have developed the first chromogenic screening medium designed for the detection, isolation and differentiation of Staphylococci and Enterococci resistant to Linezolid; an important antibiotic used against MRSA, VRS and VRE.  more...
rapid surface testing for SARS Cov 2 the coronavirus that causes Covid 19
Buyers guide for SARS-CoV-2 surface testing kits highlighting the risk of infection from touching surfaces contaminated with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It provides a list of suppliers of surface testing kits allowing direct contact for quotes/info. more...
New Products for COVID-19 Testing
This week: New test method & buyer's guide for SARS-CoV-2 surface testing; viral load indicator can assist triaging, RT-PCR test from MultiplexDX proves its specificity for British variant during screening in Slovenia & Sonanano's rapid antigen test gets approval.  more...
SARS-CoV-2 Test Viral Load Indicator
The newly launched AmpliteCt™ is a viral load indicator (VLI) that categorizes the concentration of viral genetic material in a patient specimen, leverages several key data points, including cycle threshold (Ct), to accurately stratify COVID-19 positive patients.  more...
Gonorrhoeae test
As COVID-19 causes disruption to supplies needed for STD/STI testing, BioMed Diagnostics announces an increase in the output of its InTray GC® and InPouch TV® for point-of-care Neisseria gonorrhoeae testing. more...
Guide to the maintenance of microorganisms
NCIMB’s culture collection curator, Dr Samantha Law, has written a light-hearted guide to best practice in microorganism maintenance. It highlights basic steps you can take to make sure that you really know the strains you are working with. more...
Rapid IgM and IgG Lateral Flow Test COVID 19
The Novel Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) IgM/IgG Rapid Test Kit from Bioperfectus is an in vitro lateral flow diagnostic test used for the detection of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) IgM and IgG antibodies. It is easy-to-use and provides results in 10-15 minutes.  more...
Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test for COVID-19
Innova Medical Group says it will produce 50 million rapid antigen tests per day in the coming weeks. The company have also confirmed this antigen test is able to detect the new variants of SARS-CoV-2. more...
qPCR for SARS-CoV-2 variants
The Novacyt Group has launched SNPsig® assays; a new range that enables the identification of the non-variant virus and the UK, South Africa or Brazil variants, as well as any variant carrying the N501Y mutation. more...
New Products for COVID-19 Testing
This week: Monitor pandemic in real-time with rapid antigen test & automated reader; Innova promise 50 Million variant-antigen detection tests per day; Rapid antibody test will detect IgG/IgM essential for prioritizing vaccination groups.  more...
Rapid Antigen Test approved by WHO
Premier Medical Corporation is the first company to secure a COVID-19 test manufacturing contract with the World Health Organization to supply low-to-medium income countries with rapid antigen tests. more...
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Reader
The iPEAK® reader from IUL SA automatically reads, stores and sends real-time rapid antigen test results to healthcare centres monitoring the pandemic. Results ready in 15-minutes. more...
New Products for COVID-19 Testing
This week: New qPCR tests for UK and South Africa variants; Synthetic molecular standards for COVID-19 assay development; BinaxNOW detects most culture-positive specimens in CDC study.  more...







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