Covid-19: IDT launches large-scale production of test component

17 March 2020 (Last Updated March 17th, 2020 14:47)

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) has announced its success in large-scale manufacturing of a fundamental Covid-19 component, which assists in DNA analysis of patient samples.

Covid-19: IDT launches large-scale production of test component
IDT manufactured primer and probe kit that can be used as a component of the CDC testing protocol for which the CDC obtained EUA for the diagnosis and detection of Covid-19. Credit: Business Wire.

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Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) has announced its success in large-scale manufacturing of a fundamental Covid-19 component, which assists in DNA analysis of patient samples.

The company’s component is a primer and probe kit qualified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pursuant to the CDC Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) testing protocol, the company has shipped primer and probe kits, sufficient to enable more than one million coronavirus tests to be conducted.

Last week, IDT manufactured sufficient primer and probe kits to enable an additional 2.5 million tests.

It expects to manufacture five million tests per week starting from this week.

IDT President Trey Martin said: “We are honoured to be the first company in the nation to have our primer and probe kits approved by the CDC for use as a key component of the CDC EUA testing protocol for the diagnosis and detection of Covid-19.”

Previously, IDT provided products to diagnostic test manufacturers developing the test for H1N1, Ebola virus, and Zika virus.