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July 17, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – CDC adds Promega Maxwell RNA Extraction System for emergency use – DiaCarta receives approval for Covid-19 test in India and Mexico

By Chloe Kent

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Promega‘s Maxwell RSC 48 Instrument and Maxwell RSC Viral Total Nucleic Acid Purification Kit (Maxwell Extraction System) to its Covid-19 diagnostic protocol for emergency use. The Maxwell RSC 48 Instrument and Maxwell RSC Viral Total Nucleic Acid Purification Kit are combined and act as an automated sample preparation solution that can extract RNA and DNA from samples.

DiaCarta has received approval to distribute its QuantiVirus SARS-CoV-2 test in Mexico and India. The Ministry of Health in Mexico via the Institute of Diagnostic and Epidemiological Reference evaluated the test and gave the approval. Following the approval, COFEPRIS, the Mexican Government’s regulatory body has given its authorisation for immediate marketing in Mexico. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also evaluated the test which has shown 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity and is cleared for sale in India.

Age Labs has partnered with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Lab for Dynamic Gene Regulation at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet and the Department of Acute Medicine at Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, and the Department of Medicine at Bærum Hospital, Vestre Viken for the development of novel test that will improve the outcomes of the SARS-CoV-2 infected patients.

El Milagro Clinic, along with CVS Health, has launched a rapid Covid-19 testing at its Rio Grande Valley clinic. The testing operation will be carried out by CVS Pharmacists and pharmacy employees and will be offered to patients at no cost.

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