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November 17, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – Dana-Farber and Quest Diagnostics collab to identify risk of multiple myeloma after Covid recovery – Balanced Biotech and CSU sign licensing agreement for electronic point-of-care antigen test

By Chloe Kent

Tempus and the Yale School of Public Health have collaborated to fast-track the development of Covid-19 diagnostic tests in the US. The research partnership will leverage the SalivaDirect diagnostic test developed by the Yale researchers to will establish its suitability for at-home sample collection and combined Covid-19 and infleunza testing.

Cape Biologix Technologies, a subsidiary of Cape Bio Pharms, Inno-3B and PlantForm Corporation have entered into a commercial agreement to increase the production of plant-based SARS-COV-2 antigens for Covid-19 antibody blood test. The move is made to scale the production of low-cost, plant-based proteins for Covid-19 monitoring and surveillance.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a cancer research and treatment centre, and Quest Diagnostics have launched a new study which will provide Covid-19 antibody testing for free to people with a high risk of developing multiple myeloma after recovering from the disease. The Immune Profiling with Antibody-based Covid-19 Testing (IMPACT) study will investigate the impact of Covid-19 on people at a higher risk of developing myeloma, or who have a precursor condition to myeloma.

Balanced Biotech and the Colorado State University Research Foundation have entered into a licensing agreement for the Rapid On-the-Spot COVID Test developed by CSU professors and students. The test, initially designed for self-use nasal swab sample collection, uses a sensing method similar to what is used in handheld glucometers to detect active Covid-19 infection.

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