Microbiology News : Apr 2020

500ml Bottle Easier for BSL Working
The low squat design, wide mouth and 45º angled base of the bottle allows for much easier pipetting in the confined space of a biosafety cabinet or clean hood and minimises the risk of contamination. The space-saving bottle shape is also perfect for storage in a fridge or warming bath. more...
sinommune
Sino Biological has developed the Sinommune™ Multiplex Microarray, a serosurveillance tool that will provide key COVID-19 epidemiological data and vital information for vaccine developers on how antibodies interact with SARS-CoV-2 antigens. more...
Allergen Identify Control Eliminate
How do you identify, control and eliminate allergens in your food production facility? How can the VITAL® Program help? Join Romer Labs on 28th May for a webinar with experts from the Allergen Bureau and Holchem Laboratories! more...
COV10CLIT
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has set up Ireland's COVID-19 National Logistics Forum Resources Database in an effort to allow stakeholders advertise space available and for these resources to be used to their maximum potential.  more...
LegionellaAgar
Legionella species are Gram-negative bacilli. They reside in surface and drinking water and are usually transmitted to humans in aerosols causing destructive alveolar inflammation. Liofilchem offers several solutions to detect Legionella in water.  more...
SureFast
COVID-19 has shut down many businesses, leaving buildings closed and water stagnant in systems allowing Legionella to multiply. Regular water analyses for Legionella must be performed under EU rules and r-biopharm's SureFast® PCR solution returns results in just a few hours. more...
Sentino
Support your lab with adaptable, high-quality tools to suit the needs of the user. The Pall Laboratory range of compact equipment and gamma-sterilised membranes are designed to be flexible and portable, thus able to meet the demands of in-field testing of Legionella. more...
ProcessIVDControlCov19
Microbiologics has expanded its line of SARS-CoV-2 controls with an RUO process control featuring RNA sequences in a protein protective envelope and an IVD control that includes RdRp, S, E, and N gene targets. more...
The library, created using blood samples from dozens of recovered COVID-19 patients, is adapted for screening with phage display and strives to meet the rising demands for effective antibodies for a broad range of applications. more...
microproof
BIOTECON Diagnostics has developed and launched its own microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Screening/Identification Kits. These real-time COVID-19 diagnostic assays are based on the WHO's reference methods and are awaiting CE-IVD and US FDA-EUA marking.  more...
Assist Plus
Find out how INTEGRA can help laboratories prepare RT-PCR plates for SARS-CoV-2 detection with the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot together with a VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing pipette. more...
IAFP2020
IAFP organizers have issued a statement to say the IAFP 2020 event, scheduled for the 2-5th of August in Cleveland, Ohio, US, is still planned to go ahead. IAFP says attendees will need to follow recommended precautions to prevent tranmission of infectious diseases. more...
SureTect
Thermo Fisher Scientific has released five new Thermo Scientific SureTect PCR Assays and enhanced software to test food and related samples for pathogens. The SureTect PCR Assay is designed to run on the Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 5 Food Safety PCR System. more...
SureFast
Smear infections in food production are now of major concern and so the identification of viruses in food safety management with real-time methods is essential. R-Biopharm's SureFast® virus detection portfolio deliver results in just a few hours and runs on common RT-PCR devices. more...
Contact Plates
The workflow does not always allow for the transfer of environmental samples, immediately to QC, for incubation. Therefore, the samples may be pre-stored at ambient room temperature or in refrigerators until the official incubation is started. more...
HoneymanCOVID19
The Honeyman Group and the COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network have partnered to provide screening for frontline healthcare professionals. Beginning in May, the Honeyman Lab says it will be able to perform 10,000 tests per day.  more...
GeneDisc
Pall® GeneDisc® technology provides a maximum flexibility for testing strategies to rapidly assess contamination level of their working environment, raw material, in-process samples and final products with AOAC and NF VALIDATION certified methods. more...
COV19
A study carried out in the Cleveland Clinic, US, to test the accuracy of COVID-19 test kits that have been granted emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the FDA has reported its results through the media before the study has been peer-reviewed and published.  more...
rqmicroCOUNT
rqmicro AG will soon launch its latest instrument, the rqmicro.COUNT, to overcome the current issues of Legionella analysis and to make reliable, standardized and rapid quantification of intact Legionella on-site a true possibility.  more...
IDNOW
Abbott Diagnostics state false-negative results are due to improper use of the ID NOW™ COVID-19 test and have now amended their EUA Instructions for Use (IFU) to instruct users to place patient's sample directly into device without the use of VTM. more...
BioChek and BIOTECON merge
BioChek and BIOTECON have merged to create a new player in the food safety and veterinary diagnostics sector. more...
SenseVeros
Revered industry veteran John Bishop has joined the team at Sense Biodetection to oversee the commercialization of its first products,  which includes its Veros™ SARS-CoV-2; its disposable point-of-care molecular test. John has over 50 years of experience in the field.  more...
CytoSMART
CytoSMART Technologies is to donate 100 mini live-cell imaging systems to researchers in high containment labs worldwide. The Lux2 live-cell imager provides researchers with remote video access of their cell-cultures in BSL–3+ labs so they can evaluate their status. more...
The Baker Company has partnered with Lucid Scientific, a manufacturer of the most sensitive and accurate optical oxygen sensors available, to distribute its novel product line in North America. more...
Allplex
The US FDA has granted Seegene's RT-PCR Multiplex COVID-19 assay EUA. The Allplex™ assay targets three SARS-CoV-2 genes in one reaction tube and runs on CFX96TM and CFX96 Touch™ Real-Time PCR Detection System (Bio-Rad). more...
BTOCOVID19
Next-Generation Sequencers (NGS)  acquired for the Human Genome Project may now be used for COVID-19 high-throughput testing as NGS service providers are developing COVID-19 test reagents and applying for Emergency Use Authorisation.  more...
I:O:I Investments are looking for an industry partner to develop an immunoassay with their patent-pending novel colloidal gold nanoparticles. It is a stable water-soluble colloidal gold-particle and is a crystallised derivate of fulvic acid named "Purple of Konth" after inventor Dr Zoltan Kontos.  more...
ZiathCOVID19
Ziath Ltd is scaling-up production of its high-performance tube-readers to meet the challenge of tracking and tracing patients samples sent to UK Government testing labs. Ziath is also producing more of these 2D code scanners for a multitude of countries under a UN programme.  more...
MH Orientation Agar for VAP
Viral respiratory tract infections are often complicated by bacterial co-infections, as can be the case with COVID-19. CHROMagar™ MH Orientation,  agar speeds up time to results by combining the chromogenic differentiation of species with the antibiotic susceptibility test. more...
Rapid Legionella detection in Water
Validated by AOAC-RI, LEGIPID® is an easy-to-use, non growth based, test for 1-hour quantification of Legionella species. LEGIPID® is more specific and more sensitive than traditional culture methods and it reduces time, cost and labour over traditional culturing methods. more...
A2LA, Oneworld Accuracy and Microbix have developed a COVID-19 proficiency testing program. This EQA ensures that tests used to detect coronavirus are being administered, processed, and interpreted correctly, leading to greater accuracy and more confidence in results. more...
food pathogen testing
Reliable detection methods for harmful pathogens have an essential role in food safety, but how can food manufacturers be sure of the methods they use? One PCR system has been rigorously validated with more than 240 pathogen-matrix combinations. more...
TecanEVO
Sygnature Group has loaned its state-of-the-art liquid handling machine, the Tecan Freedom EVO 100, to support the UK Governments COVID-19 testing strategy. The equipment also facilitates better assay reproducibility and allows resources and testing equipment to be used more efficiently. more...
New range of chromogenic media
CondaChrome® is a new range of dehydrated chromogenic media for applications including E.coli and Coliforms, Enterococcus, Pseudomonas, Vibrio and Salmonella in food, water and cosmetics industries. Condalab has over 60 years of experience in making culture media and exports around the world. more...
Veros COVID19
Sense Biodetection has started an accelerator programme geared to place the first disposable COVID-19 molecular test on the market. The Veros™ SARS-CoV test is fully self-contained, uses isothermal molecular technology to amplify and detect and provides results in 10 minutes.  more...
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AMSSterilizer
AMSBIO's compact sterilizers use a mixture of ozone and UV to kill pathogenic organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Ozone scrubbing technology enables the devices to convert ozone gas back to oxygen, giving you maximum protection against pathogens with minimum effort and zero risks. more...
ViroKey
ViroKey™ SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test has received provisional authorisation from Singapore HSA. There is a manual version which enables quick adoption of the test by laboratories using Applied Biosystems Instruments and a high-throughput (RUO) version for use on Sentosa™ instruments. more...
Roche announces an early May release in the US and CE-Marking accepting countries for its Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoassay. The test will run on the cobas e analyzers, high-throughput systems that can run 300 tests per hour, with a turnaround of 18 mins on each test. more...
The US Food and Drug Administration has recommended the use of synthetic controls from Twist Bioscience. Users should be aware of potential differences between the sequences these synthetic genomic materials are based on and the current circulating SARS-CoV-2 in the US. more...
RADI Kit
KH Medical's RADI RT-PCR COVID-19 detection kit has scored highest in a WHO-FIND independent study on several molecular COVID-19 detection kits on the market. The kit runs on all major thermocyclers and has an 80-minute sample-to-result turnaround using its fully automated RNA extractor. more...
RocheGenesigWHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has created an Emergency Use Listing for SARS-CoV-2 in vitro diagnostic products. The first two kits to be approved are the Primer Design open-system genesig Z-Path RT-PCR kit and Roche's cobas® SARS-CoV-2 closed system assay that runs on cobas 6800/8800. more...
AmplidiagCOVID19
Mobidiag's Amplidiag® Easy platform has been authorized in Finland under the country's EUA pathway to perform Amplidiag's SARS-CoV2 molecular tests. The high-throughput technology automatically performs DNA extraction and PCR plate setup. more...
LabguruCOVID19
BioData's Labguru Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) is now free for academic laboratories, non-profit organizations and small start-ups laboratories that are working on treatments or vaccines for COVID-19.   more...
AriaDNA
Lumex Instruments has developed a Microchip RT-PCR COVID-19 detection system for use on its near-patient AriaDNA RT-PCR Analyzer. The analyzer can run 7 samples in 30 minutes and uses up to 20 times fewer reagents than standard RT-PCR testing.  more...
HALIXCOVID19
HALIX B.V will be providing large-scale GMP facilities and their viral vector bioprocessing expertise for the production of the COVID-19 vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, which is currently being developed by the Jenner Insititute at the University of Oxford.  more...
Solus One Salmonella detection system
Solus One Salmonella for the detection of Salmonella in select foods has been granted AOAC First Action Official Method SM status, number 2020.03. more...
LGC have launched a Proficiency Testing (PT) service for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) by nucleic acid amplification testing, one of the first global schemes for COVID-19. more...
Proficiency testing utilizes reference materials that mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but are actually safe and non-infectious. Clinical laboratories interested in enrolling in the program may reach out to API directly. more...
ExportRTPCR
Government health laboratories across Europe were quick to criticize China for allowing COVID-19 test kits to be exported which were not fit for purpose. China is now working with an international forum to ensure this doesn't happen again.   more...
TRIGA-S are well prepared to support IVD manufacturers with the necessary analytical and clinical study services in order to achieve quick market entrance for their COVID-19 assays. more...
VITROS
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has launched an automated blood test for COVID-19 that can detect both IgG and IgG and can perform 150 tests per hour. The firm can produce several million kits per week for the thousands of hospital and reference labs around the world that have VITROS® analyzers.  more...
How to Increase Lab testing fast
The Huo-Yan Air Lab consists of five major functional areas: Sample Collection, Sample Reception, Sample Preparation, Reagent Preparation and Amplification, covering an area of about 400 square meters and is designed to process from 5,000 to 10,000 samples per day. more...
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Cellex IgG IgM
Cellex has received FDA-EUA for its rapid lateral-flow COVID-19 immunoassay. The test will give a result in 15 minutes and has a sensitivity and specificity of 93.8% and 96.4 respectively. The test cannot be used as a sole diagnosis for COVID-19. more...
MagsiNa Pathogens Kit
AMS Biotechnology's MagSi-NA Pathogens Kit can extract RNA/DNA from serum, plasma, oropharyngeal swab / nasopharyngeal swab, and any other respiratory samples in 30 minutes in a simple easy-to-use format. more...
The BioMedomic's point-of-care IgM-IgG Combined Antibody Test for COVID-19, which was previously used by the Chinese CDC, will now be made available in the US after the FDA changed their guidelines.  more...
COVID-19 test kits QC standards
rapidmicrobiology.com have compiled a full list of Covid-19 diagnostics (PCR, Immunoassays), QC standards and controls, automated workstations plus components for assay development. Each entry will provide contact information on the manufacturer. more...
environmental monitoring swab
Validated by AOAC-RI, Insite™ L. mono Glo is an easy-to-use, self-contained, environmental sampling and screening test for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono). Insite L. mono Glo reduces time, cost and labour over traditional screening. more...
SpeciSafe
SpeciSafe® packs available from Alpha Laboratories Ltd provide a safe, convenient, economical and compliant transport solution for COVID-19 samples. The all-in-one leak-proof secondary packaging solution with built-in absorbent protects and separates. more...
The US FDA has granted BioGX Emergency Use Authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 Reagent kit that runs on the fully automated BD MAX™ System. The test takes nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples, can run 24 at a time, and returns a result in under 3 hours.  more...
MicrosenDx COVID19 Rapid Test
MicrosensDx is delighted to announce that data from a clinical study which validated its RapiPrep® COVID-19 clinical diagnostic test has been accepted for publication.
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workstation
Baker Ruskinn, a global leader and supplier of anaerobic and modified atmosphere solutions for microbiology and tissue/cell culture applications, are delighted to announce a new partnership with Labtech commencing 1st April 2020. more...
The adapted version of the software will feature a cloud-based electronic observation module complete with patient trackers and ward whiteboard tools that are attuned to COVID-19 patients and will be able to identify the most critical, frail or deteriorating patients quickly. more...
Chembio Diagnostics COVID-19 Antibody Detection kit provides IgM/igG counts in 15 minutes from a simple finger prick blood sample. The test is run on Chembio's MicroReader 1 and MicroReader 2 analyzers. more...
Creative Diagnostics launches high-quality plant pathogens antibodies for use in ELISA or related immunoassays. more...
GermFree, has begun building its mobile and modular high-containments laboratories to areas performing COVID-19 research. The turn-key  units are BSL-3+ and designed to withstand harsh conditions, as was shown in its involvement in the MERS outbreak. more...
BIOMIC® V3 digital imaging system for automating the reading and interpretation of AST and ID tests is now updated to reflect CLSI and EUCAST guidelines. more...
BIOTECON COVID19
BIOTECON Diagnostics' new Magnetic Preparation Kit VI which allows for high-volume, rapid viral RNA extraction. This works hand-in-hand with the Acu-Corona 2.0/3.0 Real-time PCR Kits to accurately detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus and therefore support mass diagnostic efforts. more...
With reports of high false-negative rates in COVID-19 testing and the blind-buying of test equipment from China, the requirement to validate the test is of utmost importance. Meridian Bioscience has announced the availability of its VLP-RNA Extraction Control to validate your analysis.  more...
Scientistsonstandby
BioStrata, is looking for qualified scientists specialising in reverse transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rt-PCR), immunoassays and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) to volunteer in COVID-19 testing. Register your interest now.  more...
A research team with a saliva based test detecting presence of SARS-CoV-2 in patients are looking for partners with backing and expertise to bring the test to market. more...
Bosch Vivalytic COVID19
Bosch Healthcare and Randox Laboratories have partnered to develop a rapid fully automated diagnostic test that can differentiate between 10 respiratory pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A & B. The device can run ten tests a day and has a 2.5-hour result turnaround.  more...
DreamPrep
Zymo Research has announced a partnership with Tecan to launch a ready-to-go processing solution to streamline viral DNA/RNA extraction from nasopharyngeal swabs, oropharyngeal swabs, saliva, sputum, plasma, and serum. more...
qPCRBIO Probe 1
PCR Biosystems has announced it has upscaled its daily production of its qPCRBIO Probe 1-Step-Go kit that will facilitate COVID-19 testing labs to carry out 4 million reactions per day. The kit includes the reverse transcriptase reagent along with the necessary probes.  more...
BioSearch Technologies, the custom primer design arm of LGC, has announced its primer and probe set for CDC RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel has passed CDC testing and is now available. The kit costs $0.23 per reaction. more...
ATCC has announced its SARS-CoV-2 portfolio for assay developers and users. This includes reference materials; synthetic constructs, standards and also Vero cell lines for vaccine development, which are known to propagate SARS-CoV-2. more...