Coronavirus company news summary – Qiagen to launch viral RNA epidemiology test – 3M launches initiative to prevent fraud amid Covid-19 pandemic

6 October 2020 (Last Updated October 6th, 2020 10:00)

Qiagen has announced plans to launch a the QIAprep&amp Viral RNA UM Kit, which is designed to simplify and accelerate PCR swab analysis and remove key testing bottlenecks for Covid-19 and other RNA viruses. The kit combines a liquid-based sample preparation step completed in only two minutes with real-time PCR detection in a streamlined workflow that can be automated with standard lab equipment for any throughput, any assay and any reaction need from single to multiplex testing.

CLEAR and LabCorp have partnered to allow the CLEAR’s Health Pass mobile app users to link their LabCorp test results securely, with their LabCorp Patient account. This partnership will combine the testing capabilities, including Covid-19 tests, of LabCorp with CLEAR's Health Pass technology, linking the digital identity of the person with the Covid-19 data to make the access to public spaces easier.

3M has launched a legal effort to prevent profiteers from taking advantage of the demand for its products for healthcare workers and first responders amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has set up hotlines to report suspected fraud cases and has also created online resources to identify spot price-gouging, detect authentic 3M respirators and to ensure that the products sold are from authorized distributors of the 3M products.

Cleanlife has announced that it donated 2,500 face shields to the University Hospitals Covid-19 Response Fund. Additionally, the company also provided a sponsorship at the 37th Annual Rainbow Golf Classic. These contributions are expected to safeguard frontline workers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.