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15th September 2020  Product update: various sources as indicated

Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing - Kits, Products, Services, Instrumentation - 15 Sept 2020


In this week's COVID-19 updates: Validate a COVID-19 molecular test with process and virus controls; UK's Rapid Test Consortium lateral-flow test kit; new FDA cleared Flu A/B and RSV test for work with SARS-CoV-2 test, qPCR tests judged by Limit of Detection (LoD); a FDA-EUA Sanger Sequencer method that avoids RNA extraction consumables and two new CE-marked antigen tests.

SARS-CoV-2: Validate Every Step from Swab to PCR Signal Detection with Microbiologics' Controls

SARS-CoV-2: Validate Every Step from Swab to PCR Signal Detection with Microbiologics' Controls

Microbiologics' Process Controls and Inactivated Whole Virus controls are available in ready-to-use swab and pellet formats that mimic patient samples to challenge every step of molecular testing, including sample collection and handling.
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UK Begin At-Home COVID-19 Antibody Testing Programme

UK Begin At-Home COVID-19 Antibody Testing Programme

UK Government embark on national at-home antibody testing programme with in-house rapid test consortium kit. The lateral-flow kit detects neutralizing antibodies (IgG) in the patients blood and provides a result in 20 minutes and is developed by Abingdon health, Omega, BBI and CIGA. 
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COVID-19 qPCR Kits Ranked by Low Limit of Detection

COVID-19 qPCR Kits Ranked by Low Limit of Detection

An article published in Nature Biotechnology has ranked FDA-EUA COVID-19 kits based on their limit of detection (LoD). DiaCarta's QuantiVirus™ SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex has perfomed well in the evaluation alongside Perkin Elmer, Roche and Quest Diagnostics. 
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FDA Clears New Influenza A/B & RSV Test

FDA Clears New Influenza A/B & RSV Test

FDA has authorized the use of DiaSorin's Simplexa Flu A/B & RSV Direct Gen II assay for the upcoming flu season. The test has been validated with over 100 Flu A and Flu B strains, aswell as 2020/21 vaccine strains. It is designed to run on the LIAISON® MDX instrument. 
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FDA-EUA COVID-19 Sanger Method Avoids RNA Extraction 

FDA-EUA COVID-19 Sanger Method Avoids RNA Extraction 

Laboratories with Sanger Sequencers can now test for COVID-19 using a newly FDA authorized test. The test is made by BillionToOne and avoids the use of reagents needed for RNA extraction that are prone to shortages. Sanger sequencers can process 4000 of these tests per day. 
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Firm's COVID-19 Rapid and Automated Antigen Tests Obtain CE-Marking

Firm's COVID-19 Rapid and Automated Antigen Tests Obtain CE-Marking

Fujirebio has now three CE-marked kits for the detection of COVID-19. The most recent kits to obtain certification are the LUMIPULSE fully automated antigen test and the ESPLINE simple cassette test which provides results in 30 minutes. 
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Date Published: 15th September 2020

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