US-based healthcare firm Sedia Biosciences has launched the Asanté DNA specimen collection kit and the Asanté DNA purification kit.

The specimen collection kit is claimed to have low DNA retention, minimal interfering substances and ease of use, and is designed as a cost-competitive alternative to current methods.

In order to facilitate extraction, purification and concentration of DNA from the kit, Sedia has also launched the purification kit.

The kit has been developed to collect oral DNA specimens with minimal downstream processing or extraneous reagent introduction, while maximising DNA yield.

"The Asante DNA kit has been developed to collect oral DNA specimens with minimal downstream processing."

Research investigators who evaluated the product during development found that it can be used to collect DNA from a variety of tissue types and locations, including genitourinary tract specimens, cadaverous samples, tissue speciation and identification, food pathogen testing, and other biological fluid characterisations.

Sedia Biosciences president and chief science officer Ronald Mink said: "Our Asanté DNA specimen collection kit is built upon our expertise in assay development, where we have identified low binding matrices that can be used to readily take up and release DNA, as well as other analytes.

"This has reduced the need for abrasive materials, hazardous chemical reagents or extreme concentration methods used by other manufacturers to obtain adequate DNA samples and enabled us to produce a lower-cost DNA collection device."

Sedia Biosciences CEO Roger Gale said: "We are excited about our entry into the DNA collection device market, and optimistic that our product can compete internationally against other products that perform less effectively and cost more."

The device offers samples, which are suitable for testing by most in-vitro DNA amplification methods, including the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and modifications, pretreatments and extensions, helicase-dependent amplification (HDA), ligase chain reaction (LCR), and the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP).

Image: The Asanté DNA Specimen Collection Kit from Sedia Biosciences. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire / Sedia Biosciences Corporation.