Coronavirus company news summary – Hologic introduces protocol for pooling of Covid-19 testing – Promega launches Covid-19 serological antibody test

12 August 2020 (Last Updated August 12th, 2020 10:08)

Hologic has validated the use of Aptima and Panther Fusion molecular diagnostic COVID-19 assays with pooled patient samples and has submitted an emergency use notification to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By allowing multiple individual samples to be tested at the same time, pooling is expected to help laboratories provide more molecular test results at a faster rate.

Promega Corporation has launched a new serological antibody test for Covid-19 to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus antibodies. The test is designed to identify if a patient has been exposed to and developed an immune response to the disease. The company has submitted an application for the Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) to the FDA.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has launched its new Covid-19 screening tool to safeguard the safety and health of employees in a company. The tool was developed for the home building industry and permits the HR teams and managers to carry out digital health assessments in a secure and confidential manner. All those who enter the workplace are sent assessment questionnaires through the tool.

MedAcuity Software has partnered with The Ventilator Project in a pro bono advisory role to aid in the development of safer and affordable ventilators to meet the worldwide need due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisation developed ‘AIRA’ which is an easily scalable ventilator made from materials outside the biomedical supply chain. The ventilator is under EUA designation.