Microbiology News : Jul 2020

xprize rapid covid testing
­XPRIZE in collaboration with OpenCovidScreen has launched $5 million XPRIZE Rapid COVID testing competition to accelerate the development of high-quality COVID-19 testing that is low cost, easy to use, and fast-turnaround, enabling frequent testing.    more...
credo diagnostics vita pcr sars cov 2 ce ivd paris airport
For the past month, the VitaPCR™ rapid test has been used on feverish passengers arriving at Roissy Airport. The test uses PCR to amplify a region within the nucleocapsid gene and provides airport authorities with a result within 20 minutes with just two minutes hands-on-time.  more...
New England Scientific Associates (NESA) has partnered with Allentown, LLC. for exclusive representation in the New England & upstate New York areas. more...
Mycotoxin Certified Reference Materials
In this video Ronald Niemeijer, Marketing Director, R-Biopharm explains how the use of certified mycotoxin reference materials can give you the confidence you need in your QC testing results. more...
COVID 19 qPCR multiplex Bruker Fluorotype SARS CoV 2
Bruker's FluoroType® SARS-CoV-2 multiplex qPCR assay has demonstrated 100% accuracy in two clinical trials. The test is CE-IVD marked, detects two regions on SARS-CoV-2, differentiates between 4 other coronaviruses and has been validated on common RT-PCR thermocyclers.  more...
SD Biosensor CE ANVISA STANDARD Q ANTIGEN COVID 19
SD Biosensor's Standard Q Ag rapid antigen test is now used as the first test to be deployed in hotspot areas as part of several country's testing regimes. The lateral-flow test gives a result within 15 minutes, and SD Biosensor has supplied 15 million kits to India over the last 3 weeks. more...
transport media for COVID19 and Flu
PrimeStore® MTM (Molecular Transport Medium) is an FDA class 2 & CE-IVD marked sample collection and transportation device for COVID-19, flu A, flu B, HIV and TB which deactivates any viruses present, enabling safe sample handling and subsequent molecular testing.  more...
PHASIFY RNA COVID19 extraction
Phase Scientific has received CE-marking for its  PHASIFY™  VIRAL RNA extraction kit, which claims to facilitate higher SARS-CoV-2 RNA yields, can enable a 3-6 cycle threshold reduction and increases true positive detection compared to conventional solid-phase extraction. more...
Latest in COVID 19 Diagnostics
This week: Rapid antigen test remains top performer under WHO/FIND evaluation, PrimeStore MTM dual sampling device for SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza is launched, 5-regions on SARS-CoV-2 detected with FDA-EUA qPCR Kit, and Novatec's ELISA IgA & IgG kit receives recognition in Europe.  more...
Don Whitley Aspirator
The Whitley AsPROvac makes it easy to aspirate and dispose of biological liquid waste quickly and safely. more...
Biotecon Cannabis marijuana hemp testing rt pcr
The cannabis testing market is developing rapidly; choices you make define how competitive and future-proof your business will be. As experts in food testing and microbial contaminations, we develop highly sophisticated qPCR testing methods that will ensure you stay on top of future requirements. more...
micronic 1400 microlitre round bottom tube
These Dutch-designed round-bottomed tubes suit all your sample preparation requirements, including homogenization. Manufactured in Class 7 cleanroom environment, these 1.4 ml tubes can be autoclaved clean and resist many organic solvents routinely used with them.  more...
LANEXO Laboratory informatics
Merck's LANEXO™ laboratory information managment system digitally captures data in real-time improving reliability and traceability of compliance documentation and is a first to use radio-frequency identifcation labels which auto-register open and expiry dates.  more...
antigen ce mark bioeasy COVID 19
FIND/WHO's resource of clinical performance data of COVID-19 diagnostics is growing, and many developers have put forward their test for independent evaluation. The introduction of rapid antigen tests is seen as a step forward by testing regimes, and its performance data is under the spotlight.  more...
Agena iPLEX Pro SARSCoV2 Panel
Agena Biosciences has launched an FDA-EUA qualitative test for SARS-CoV-2. The iPLEX Pro SARS-CoV-2 Panel detects five regions of the virus, and if used with Agena's MassARRAY® instrument a lab can run 6000 samples a day. Each sample costs under ten dollars to run.  more...
Source Molecular A2LA COVID 19
Source Molecular Corporation (SMC) are now the world's only ISO 17025 accredited environmental lab for SARS-CoV-2. SMC, are an A2LA-accredited lab that offer genetic analyses on environmental samples and COVID-19 surface swab and water/wastewater test kits. more...
Pool biocomma pathogen dx quest rt qpcr covid FDA
Asymptomatic people are a puzzle for testing regimes that want rapid testing in place to mitigate the economic effects of a pandemic. But pooling asymptomatic individuals samples on high-throughput qPCR systems is now encouraged after successful pooling regimes in Europe and Asia.  more...
Video about Baker Ruskinn Workstations
Baker Ruskinn anaerobic and microaerophilic workstations have been developed with the user in mind with a host of features to help you deliver consistent results. more...
Latest in COVID 19 Diagnostics
This week: Pooling samples for COVID-19 testing gets a boost with US FDA's first EUA, CDC's test is criticised in a peer-reviewed article, a lab Information management system (LIMS) enables a testing lab to run super efficiently and EU funds real-time detection in food chain project. more...
EIT COVID-19 Real time Detection Food
An automated platform that can detect the presence of viruses in food processing facilities in real-time has been given a massive boost by the EU's food innovation body (EIT). The test takes one hour to result and was developed by Eurofins, Microbion, SwissDeCode, IATA CSIC, and UH.  more...
COVID 19 CDC RT PCR Sequencing Milford Sin Hang Lee
A recently published peer-reviewed article reported significant errors with CDC's COVID-19 RT-PCR test. Author Sin Hang Lee, director at Connecticut's Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory is offering to re-test samples from high-death toll nursing homes using his protocol.  more...
Xpert Cepheid XDR-TB
Cepheid & FIND, has launched a rapid molecular profiling test that can diagnose a multi-drug resistant case of tuberculosis in 90 minutes. The Xpert MTB/XDR test runs on Cepheid's GeneXpert® systems and is seen as a critical step to ensuring early treatment for XDR TB patients.  more...
GSD NovaLisa NovaPrime ELISA
After excellent clinical performances during its first external validation at an acute care hospital in Brussels (Belgium),  the NovaLisa COVID-19 IgG and IgA ELISA test has been recommended for use by Belgium's Health Products Agency (FAMHP).  more...
BioFire Mycoplasma bioMerieux
bioMérieux announce the launch of BIOFIRE® MYCOPLASMA, a rapid, fully-automated test, which can be used outside the lab by anyone after simple training. This innovative instrument is much faster than traditional culture-based and PCR methods, with results in just one hour. more...
OnGen LIMS COVID 19 testing
Premier Medical Laboratory Services can process up to 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day due to its Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) supplied by OnGen. OnGen's LIMS works with any electronic medical record system and could drastically expand COVID-19 testing labs' workflow.  more...
automated microbiology Soleris
The Soleris NG system provides accurate and rapid microbiological answers in a complete system approach. The system features 32-vial incubating drawers integrated with a secure software package, and each ready-to-use vial rapidly and independently detects the presence or absence of microorganisms. more...
Horseshoe Crabs
In this article by Dr. James Cooper PHARMD we learn how the biomedical industry is the strongest advocate for the protection and preservation of the horseshoe crab. more...
Salmonella Cronobacter sakazakii Powdered Infant Formula PIF
Ideal for food safety testing of infant formula, Bio-Rad Laboratories' easy-to-use PIF Supplement enriches both Salmonella spp. and Cronobacter spp. in a single broth and inhibits background flora, such as lactic acid bacteria, bifidobacteria, and other gram-positive bacteria. more...
Don Whitley A20 Workstation
Time to step up from using anaerobic jars to using an anaerobic workstation? The A20 is compact, incredibly efficient and cheaper to operate than it is to use jars. more...
Latest in COVID 19 Diagnostics
This week: transport media for both flu and SARS-CoV-2 that inactivates viruses for safer handling, a rapid colorimetric LAMP assay kit for low resource point of care, FDA-EUA for Diazyme's fully automated DZ-Lite SARS-CoV-2 IgG CLIA test that has no cross reactivity. more...
Dynamic light scattering DLS viruses Testa
Analyzing viruses in the lab using traditional methods can be difficult due to cell proteins in solution. Testa Analytical has released a white paper describing its Dynamic Light Scattering method, which can eliminate problems associated with other zeta potential/particle analysis instruments. more...
LAMP COVID 19
New England Biolabs has launched a SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Colorimetric LAMP Assay kit (RUO) that produces visually read results in 30 minutes, by a simple color change due to a pH drop. The kit needs only a heat source to run and could be useful in low resource point-of-care settings.  more...
Diazyme IgG COVID 19
Diazyme has received FDA-EUA for its fully automated DZ-Lite SARS-CoV-2 IgG CLIA test. Diazyme state it has no cross-reactivity with the four most common coronavirus strains. The test uses both S and N proteins to pick up IgG specific for SARS-CoV-2. more...
PathSensors can now develop a COVID-19 diagnostic kit using CANARY™ technology after an agreement with MIT to expand its license for clinical use. CANARY is a biosensor initially developed after 9/11 to detect anthrax. more...
Charles River LAL rFC endotoxin testing pyrogen
LAL manufacturers prepare for the increase in endotoxin tests needed for the worldwide release of COVID-19 vaccine, but can the LAL supply chain and horseshoe crab population cope? Is it now time to make rFC mainstream? Foster Jordan at Charles River, shares his opinion in this podcast. more...
Insite Listeria Hygiena
Hygiena’s new InSite Listeria environmental test for food processing facilities, food preparation environments and food retailers after cleaning, can detect Listeria spp. in 48 hours on stainless steel, ceramic and plastic surfaces and is AOAC RI certified.  more...
GB SARS CoV 2 RT PCR
General Biologicals has developed a quick RT-PCR test, rapid antigen test and an ELISA antibody test for the diagnosis of COVID-19. The RT-PCR kit has been approved in India, Taiwan and Australia and is also in use hard-hit countries Mexico and Indonesia.  more...
Latest in COVID 19 Diagnostics
This week: Air sampling for SARS-CoV-2 the causative agent of COVID-19, Cepheid's four-in-one SARS-CoV-2/FluA/FluB/RSV test, ddPCR plus antibody testing and swabs for virology. more...
Access IgG COVID 19 FDA Beckman Coulter
Beckman Coulter has received FDA-EUA for its COVID-19 serology test, the Access SARS-CoV-2 igG test. The test has 100% confirmed sensitivity and 99.6% specificity. The company says it can produce up to 30 million test a month.  more...
GenMark eplex covid19
GenMark Diagnostics has announced its ePlex® Respiratory Pathogen 2 (RP2) Panel is now available in the US. The ePlex RP2 Panel is one of the first rapid-result multiplex panel tests that can identify 21 pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, to be made available for clinical use. more...
GENE Pro bioMerieux Cannabis Aspergillus
In this rapidmicrobiology interview with Ben Pascal (Invisible Sentinel) and Maria McIntyre (bioMérieux), we explore the GENE-UP Aspergillus PRO assay's disruptive technology and why testing for this pathogen is important, even if your state doesn't require it.  more...
cannabis hemp microbial testing
Rapidmicrobiology's special focus on microbial testing in cannabis Get expert advice for your cannabis testing needs from big players; Bio-Rad, Hardy Diagnostics, R-biopharm, Pall and bioMérieux and how to prove your lab's competency with NSI Lab Solutions and the Emerald Test™. more...
Bio-Rad iQ-Check Aspergillus Kit Cannabis
In this interview with Amrita Puri, Bio-Rad, we delve into Aspergillus contamination issues in cannabis and hemp products and how Bio-Rad's iQ-Check Aspergillus kit reduces risk to users who may be vulnerable to Aspergillosis and ensures a more efficient manufacturing process.  more...
Emerald Badge Cannabis Testing
Emerald Scientific's Emerald Badge for cannabis testing labs, is a well-known proficiency testing scheme in the industry. In this interview with VP Kirsten Blake, we discuss different reasons why labs participate in the scheme, increase in DNA-based kits and what the badge signifies. more...
employee COVID19 screening
Lung disease diagnostics firm Biodesix has developed a post-COVID-19 lockdown customized return to work service for employers. The WorkSafe™ Program consists of two tests kits;  Bio-Rad Laboratories SARS-CoV-2 ddPCR Test (molecular) and the Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Ab Test (antibody).
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Cepheid COVID19 Flu RSV Xpert
Cepheid plan to pursue FDA-EUA for the Xpert® Xpress SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV four-in-one test. The test is designed for use on a single sample using the GeneXpert® System with results expected in as little as 35 minutes. more...
Smiths Detection, a leader in threat detection at border screenings, has acquired PathSensors; a provider of high-speed, high sensitivity pathogen detection and threat prevention solutions. This expands its sensing capabilities across the CBRNE spectrum to respond quickly to emerging threats. more...
Sample of Hemp
NSI Lab Solutions celebrates 20+ years providing customers with ISO accredited certified reference materials, proficiency tests, standards and world-class product support.  Shop our affordable cannabis testing standards and proficiency tests. more...
Coriolis EnviroX-Rv SARS-CoV-2
PathogenDx and Bertin Technologies join forces to provide a solution to test for airborne contaminants, such as COVID-19, in public buildings. Using Bertin’s Coriolis Air Sampler and Pathogen Dx’s EnvirX-Rv PCR kit together, it has been proven to detect SARS-CoV-2 in the environment. more...
r -biopharm mycotoxin cannabis
R-Biopharm has validated immunoaffinity methods for cannabis and cannabis products resulting in improved clean-up and concentration of toxins reducing chromatography interference, lowering detection limits and ensuring method performance criteria are met.  more...
Microgenetics Smart Control Environmental Monitoring
​Microgenetics' newly released 'whitepaper' shows how legacy methods can fall short in maintaining ALCOA+ principles of data integrity, that their Smart Control solution can efficiently perform plus offering machine learning tools that can uncover hidden trends in your data.  more...
Pall Gene Disc Cannabis Microbial Testing
Pall® GeneDisc® technology provides maximum flexibility for testing strategies to rapidly assess contamination level of working environments, raw material, in-process samples and final products. more...





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