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30th March 2021  Content supplied by: various sources as indicated

Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing - Kits, Products, Services, Instrumentation - 30 March 2021


IUL Launches iPeak®+, The New Lateral Flow Reader for Large Cassettes

IUL Launches iPeak®+, The New Lateral Flow Reader for Large Cassettes

The iPeak+ is a cost-effective lateral flow test reader delivering quantitative and qualitative results, able to read up to 5 strips with 7 lines per strip at once, making analysis of point of care tests objective, sensitive and traceable.
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New Saliva RT-LAMP COVID-19 Test Available from Indonesian Researchers

New Saliva RT-LAMP COVID-19 Test Available from Indonesian Researchers

PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) has launched its state-of-the-art, saliva-based COVID-19 diagnostic test kit that employs Reverse Transcription Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) to specifically detect SARS CoV-2, with 94% sensitivity and 98% specificity. 
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Respiratory Panel that Detects 21 Pathogens + SARS-CoV-2 Secures FDA De Novo Status

Respiratory Panel that Detects 21 Pathogens + SARS-CoV-2 Secures FDA De Novo Status

US FDA has granted BIOFIRE® RP2.1 Panel 'De Novo status. It can quickly detect 22 respiratory pathogens using one simple test. The panel yields a result in approx. 45 mins using nasopharyngeal swab samples in transport media or saline.
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New Air Sampler Is Validated for SARS-CoV-2 Capture & Detection

New Air Sampler Is Validated for SARS-CoV-2 Capture & Detection

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has launched its AerosolSense Sampler, a new surveillance solution designed to deliver fast and highly reliable insight into the presence of in-air pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.
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ECDC Encourage Self-Testing with Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Assays

ECDC Encourage Self-Testing with Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Assays

The ECDC has issued guidelines for member states if approving rapid antigen detection tests for self-testing as there is currently no CE-marked test for self-testing that complies with Directive 98/79/EC i.e. a performance evaluation done. 
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New RT-PCR Kit Detects Mutations in Most SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern

New RT-PCR Kit Detects Mutations in Most SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern

The new GSD NovaType II kit from Eurofins Technologies can now detect the N501Y and E484K mutations common to most VOC (Variants Of Concern) and the K417N mutation (specific to B.1.351 first identified in South Africa), with high sensitivity in under 2 hrs. 
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Date Published: 30th March 2021