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11th August 2020  Product update: various sources as indicated

Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing - Kits, Products, Services, Instrumentation - 11 Aug 2020


In this week's COVID-19 updates: FDA-EUA for a new viral RNA extraction technique, COVID-19 serology IgG testing, a new high-throughput automated qPCR solution, and VTM for the collection and preservation of clinical specimens containing viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.

Collect and Preserve Clinical Specimens Containing Viruses, Including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Collect and Preserve Clinical Specimens Containing Viruses, Including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Liofilchem VTM is suitable for the collection and preservation of clinical specimens containing viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), Chlamydia spp., Mycoplasma spp. and Ureaplasma spp.
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COVID-19 Testing Lab is Granted FDA-EUA for Speedy Viral RNA Extraction Technique

COVID-19 Testing Lab is Granted FDA-EUA for Speedy Viral RNA Extraction Technique

Quest Diagnostics has received FDA-EUA for a new viral RNA extraction technique that will increase its testing capacity to 185,000 per day. The method extracts RNA with the Mag-Bind Viral RNA Xpress Kit (Omega Bio-Tek) and the Hamilton MagEx STAR.
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Dried Blood Spot Test Can Alleviate Constraints With COVID-19 Testing Says Perkin Elmer 

Dried Blood Spot Test Can Alleviate Constraints With COVID-19 Testing Says Perkin Elmer 

Perkin Elmer has launched a dried blood spot test for COVID-19 serology IgG testing. The finger-prick sample collection device allows for both decentralized sample collection and high-throughput testing. The product is CE-IVD marked and planned for US FDA-EUA.
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High-Throughput COVID-19 Testing Enabled by Fluent Liquid Handling 

High-Throughput COVID-19 Testing Enabled by Fluent Liquid Handling 

Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced a new highly-automated, real-time PCR solution designed to analyze up to 6,000 samples in a single day. The modular solution delivers test results in a four-step process requiring minimal hands-on time, laboratory space and staffing resources.
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FDA Authorizes First Semi-Quantitative COVID-19 IgG Serology Test

FDA Authorizes First Semi-Quantitative COVID-19 IgG Serology Test

Siemens Healthineers has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COV2G) antibody test. It's the first semi-quantitative test offering sensitivity and specificity over 99% and enables clinicians to gauge levels of IgG in patient's blood sample. 
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Pool Testing for U.S Workers to Start This Month

Pool Testing for U.S Workers to Start This Month

Eurofins adds qPCR COVID-19 pooled testing to its SAFER@WORK™ programme: designed to help companies set up advanced risk management protocols to contribute to limiting the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. An FDA-EUA application is in process, and testing is scheduled across the US.
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Date Published: 11th August 2020

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