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Monkeypox virus
Creative Biogene Monkeypox Virus Real-Time PCR Kit is used to detect monkeypox virus in serum or lesion exudate samples by using real-time PCR systems. Cases have been reported in the US, UK, Israel, Singapore, and Nigeria over the last month.  more...
Soterius biosensors in use
Soterius has incorporated MIP Diagnostics' nano-molecularly-imprinted-polymers into its two-minute rapid test for COVID-19 that is currently in development. Initial results have proven extremely promising, with sensitivity in the picogram scale. more...
Saliva Rapid Antigen Test for COVID Validated for Variants
Therma Bright Inc. has announced the completion and validation that its AcuVid™ COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Saliva Test successfully detected the highly contagious, fast-moving COVID-19 Delta B.1.617.2 variant.  more...
Bioperfectus Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19
The Bioperfectus Novel Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) Ag Rapid Test Kit has been added to the EU's common list of rapid antigen tests for use within the European Union. The test has also been validated for the detection of common SARS-CoV-2 variants.  more...
Bioperfectus Rapid Antigen self-test for COVID-19
Bioperfectus has announced that their Novel Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) Ag Rapid Test Kit (self-test) has received the approval of BfArM. This approval means that they can sell the self-test kit in Germany for direct pathogen detection of SARS-CoV-2. more...
Saliva sample collection device for sars-cov-2 screening study
The results of a highly anticipated study, sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), that compared diagnostic performance of antigen testing with PCR, show how frequent antigen testing (at least bi-weekly) has similar performance to gold-standard. more...
SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Testing Solution
Wastewater epidemiology provides rapid, non-invasive insight into the health of large or targeted populations. LuminUltra’s COVID-19 wastewater testing solution is faster, cheaper and eliminates the need for additional specialized equipment. more...
Study into SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Tests
The study that investigated if Innova SARS-Cov-2 lateral-flow test devices (LFD) could be tampered with using sugary soft drinks to give a desired positive result, has been published on pre-print server MedRix. more...
VectorBuilder and Univercells logos
VectorBuilder’s manufacturing center in Guangzhou, China, will work with Univercells Technologies to develop and optimize platform processes for the production of custom viral vectors for cell and gene therapies, as well as vaccine applications. more...
Testing Cannabis for viroids
AgriScience Labs and CERESLabs have licensed the Hop Latent Viroid Detection Assay from Front Range Biosciences (FRB) and launched commercial HLVd testing services in Colorado and California. FRB's validated HLVd detection assays detect the destructive disease in cannabis and hemp plants. more...
Hologic Fully Automated Panther System
Hologic has received CE-marking for its Aptima® CMV Quant assay. This nucleic acid assay, which quantifies the viral load of human cytomegalovirus (CMV), is intended to aid in the diagnosis and management of solid-organ transplant patients and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients. more...
Lateral flow test swabs for antibodies in gumline
Diabetomics, Inc., has received FDA-EUA for its CovAb™ SARS-CoV-2 Ab point-of-care test. The product, already CE marked, is the first and only rapid, oral fluid-based, point-of-care antibody test authorized by the FDA. more...
SNPsig EscapePLEX SARS-CoV-2
In this interview with Seden Grippon (Novacyt), she tells rapidvirology.com how labs and public health agencies will benefit from using its recently launched SNPsig® EscapePLEX SARS-CoV-2, a faster, less-expensive method in detecting SARS-CoV-2 variants than the current NGS route. more...
Ortho Clinical Automated SARS-CoV-2 VITROS Antigen Assay
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine and cited in the EC's database on COVID-19 test method literature has demonstrated how accurate Ortho Clinical Diagnostics' automated antigen test fares under varying viral loads.  more...
COVID-19 screening solution
Seegene will be launching its ‘Full Screening Solution' for COVID-19 at the upcoming ECCMID 2021 in July. It is a one-step system that can verify whether an individual has contracted coronavirus wildtype or the virus variant with a single real-time PCR test. more...
CRISPR COVID-19 Diagnostic for leasing
The 221b Foundation has announced that its CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 licensing partnerships will increase COVID-19 diagnostic manufacturing capacity by up to 10 million tests per month by year-end. more...
CE-Marking for Extraction-Free Direct Saliva SARS-CoV-2 Test
Co-Diagnostics has announced CE-marking for its molecular COVID-19 test that requires no RNA extraction step. By way of its patented CoPrimer™ technology, the test can use saliva samples, and so increase throughput and lower costs for testing labs.  more...
Sorrento Therapeutics COVID-19 Antigen Test
Sorrento Therapeutics has received an emergency use authorization from the health regulatory authority in Mexico to market and sell its COVI-STIX rapid antigen test. The test performed well in an independent study showing a sensitivity of 91.89% and 99.23% specificity. more...
Nano Molecularly imprinted polymers for use in rapid antigen tests for COVID-19
MIP Diagnostics' COVID-19 nanoMIP has been shown to outperform a commercial antibody in a sensor platform, with 20x improvement in sensitivity. more...
BD Onclarity HPV Assay
The BD self-collection claim for HPV screening has been CE-marked. The new claim allows laboratories and facilities to process self-collected samples via a BD diluent tube using the BD Onclarity™ HPV Assay on either the BD Viper™ LT or the BD COR™ System. more...
Vibalogics Viral vector manufacturing facility
Vibalogics, a global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), has announced that it has initiated the first stage of a planned $50 million dollar investment at its Cuxhaven, Germany facility, expanding early-to-late phase clinical virotherapy manufacturing capacity. more...
Foot and Mouth Disease Virus for Bovine Swine and Ovine
Tetracore has announced the licensing of their VetAlert™ Foot and Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) RNA Diagnostic Test Kit by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB). more...
Recombinant viral antigen collecting including coronavirus
Sino Biological has developed the world's largest recombinant viral antigen collection, ProVir™, which features an exclusive coronavirus catalog, a comprehensive collection of influenza antigens, and many other hard-to-find viral proteins such as Zika, RSV, Ebola, and Cytomegalovirus. more...
DiaSorin Liason Family Platforms
DiaSorin launches new LIAISON® Murex Anti-HEV IgG & IgM assay for diagnosis of Hepatitis E. This test is the first CLIA fully automated high-throughput solution for the diagnosis of HEV and is available in countries accepting the CE Mark for use on the LIAISON® family platforms. more...
Norovirus lawsuit
The first Norovirus lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Ed Yusen against Seattle Char., d/b/a The Habit Burger Grill in the current Seattle Norovirus outbreak.  Mr. Yusen is represented by Marler Clark, the Food Safety Law Firm. more...
FDA-EUA COVID-19 antigen test for professional and home-test use
The US FDA has granted emergency use authorization to OraSure Technologies to sell its three InteliSwab™ COVID-19 Rapid Tests; for OTC, professional and home-test use. The test requires just one-minute hands on-time and provides a result in 30 minutes. more...
FluoroCycler XT - High performance PCR system for innovative mid-plex LiquidArray assays
Bruker has launched the FluoroType SARS-CoV-2 varID Q assay – a quantitative LiquidArray® mid-plex PCR panel: an assay that detects several important mutations to differentiate many major viral variants routinely on all SARS-CoV-2 positive samples. more...
NGS Panel for SARS-CoV-2 Variants
Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a new NGS panel for the detection of new and known SARS-CoV-2 variants. The assay is already in use by the International Travel Testing Programme and has played a significant role in discovering emerging VOCs entering the UK. more...
IDEXX SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Test
IDEXX has announced that its Water SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test meets the quality standards listed by the European Commission in its recommendation for national wastewater surveillance systems for SARS-CoV-2, that member states are strongly encouraged to have in place before 1 October 2021.  more...
Testing and Passport system launched in Indonesia
Achiko has launched a COVID-19 test booking and passport app in Indonesia, that allows users to book a test, and if negative, receive a green certificate allowing them into busy indoor public areas.   more...