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Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing - Kits, Products, Services, Instrumentation - 3 Nov 2020


During school holidays, free time has allowed a review of outbreaks in the classroom and enabled practical discussions on the introduction of rapid testing when classes resume. The adoption of rapid tests to solve the economic and educational problems associated with the pandemic is now becoming a reality. 

To coincide with these changes, new rapid tests have come on to the market: Pro-Lab Diagnostics and WESAIL Biotech have launched new CE-marked antigen kits, with a low limit of detection and high specificity. Siemens, too, have entered into antigen test market with the release of a CE-marked 15-minute antigen test, with accuracy and ease-of-use evaluated in schools. 

If rapid testing is brought in, is there enough antigen test kits on the market? If you're interested in developing your own kit, check out the suite of antibodies and antigens AMS Biotechnology have to offer. 

High-throughput automated methods are needed for SARS-CoV-2 and winter virus testing and this week new assays achieve CE-IVD certification with FDA authorization pending, that can be used with automated extraction and liquid handling instruments. 

Swabbing at home or swabbing on-site, these results need to be turned around fast, and EKF Diagnostics sample collection pack for at-home or mass testing allows safe, compliant and convenient transportation/posting of samples to the lab. 

Also, improve your wastewater-based epidemiology studies with a novel sample prep method that delivers high-concentration of coronavirus.

Proflow™ SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Lateral Flow Test Gives Results in 10 Mins - Now CE Marked. 

Proflow™ SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Lateral Flow Test Gives Results in 10 Mins - Now CE Marked

The Proflow™ SARS-CoV-2 test is a qualitative lateral flow immunoassay for the detection of Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) antigen in human nasopharyngeal samples with a sensitivity of 92.9% and specificity of 99.6% - samples available on request.
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Free Samples! WESAIL 15 Min CE-IVD COVID-19 Antigen Test Kit

Free Samples! WESAIL 15 Min CE-IVD COVID-19 Antigen Test Kit

WESAIL Biotech launches new COVID-19 Ag Test with 90% sensitivity, 98% specificity, LoD 8x102 TCID50/mL. COVID-19 CE-IVD 6 Min IgM/IgG Ab Test is also available with 99% specificity & ≥90% sensitivity. Choose individual or package of 20 tests (for different applications). 
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New 15-Minute CE-Marked COVID-19 Antigen Test Ready for Schools and Airports

New 15-Minute CE-Marked COVID-19 Antigen Test Ready for Schools and Airports

Siemens Healthineers has obtained CE-marking for CLINTEST; its 15-minute rapid antigen test for COVID-19. The test demonstrated 96.72 % sensitivity and 99.22 % specificity in a variety of settings, including college campuses and hospitals.
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New SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies and Antigens Available for Diagnostic Kit Development

New SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies and Antigens Available for Diagnostic Kit Development

A suite of SARS-CoV-2 mutant spike and nucleocapsid antigens and matched antibody pairs is now available from AMSBIO. Perfect for use in a wide range of different antibody and antigen detection methods, these are customizable and available in bulk.
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Comply with UN3373 Packaging Regulations When Collecting and Transporting SARS-CoV-2 & Flu Samples

Comply with UN3373 Packaging Regulations When Collecting and Transporting SARS-CoV-2 & Flu Samples

The new PrimeStore® MTM sample collection kit allows posting of COVID-19 & Flu samples. Due to its novel transport media that inactivates these viruses, it complies with UN 3373 packaging regulations and is also CE-marked, and FDA authorized. 
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15-Minute Prep Method for Wastewater-based SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology

15-Minute Prep Method for Wastewater-based SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology

The InnovaPrep® Concentrating Pipette delivers a high concentration of SARS-CoV-2  from wastewater samples and is ideal for epidemiology studies.  This improved sample prep method recovers microorganisms using an automated novel Wet Foam Elution process.
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Teknova Viral Transport Medium for SARS-CoV-2 Is Now FDA-Compliant 

Teknova Viral Transport Medium for SARS-CoV-2 Is Now FDA-Compliant 

Teknova manufactures VTM and saline for sample transport under GMP conditions in compliance with ISO 13485 standards and the Quality System Regulations under 21 CFR Part 820. Teknova's current capacity for VTM production is 50,000 tubes per day.
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CRISPR-based COVID-19 Assay Becomes High-Throughput Turnkey Solution to Pandemic

CRISPR-based COVID-19 Assay Becomes High-Throughput Turnkey Solution to Pandemic

Leveraging Hamilton's automated liquid handling systems and Millipore Sigma's capacity for large-scale reagent production, the DETECTR BOOST™ CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 test from Mammoth Biosciences, is positioned to increase US testing substantially. 
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Detect COVID-19 & Winter Virus on One-Sample With Automated Extraction

Detect COVID-19 & Winter Virus on One Sample With Automated Extraction

The new PKamp™ Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Panel from Perkin Elmer is now CE-marked. Along with coronavirus, the assay detects Influenza and RSV and can be used with Perkin Elmer's automated nucleic acid extraction system. 
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Webinars:

High-Throughput SARS-CoV-2 Detection with Custom Saliva-Based Collection Protocol 

High-Throughput SARS-CoV-2 Detection with Custom Saliva-Based Collection Protocol 

Nov 12, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register Now! Watch it on Demand later.  Join our webinar on November 12 to learn how the BGI/MGI’s clinical lab partnership and innovated testing solutions have transformed the
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