Coronavirus company news summary – Real-Time Analyzers develops rapid Covid-19 saliva test – Wales lab becomes first facility brought online by PerkinElmer

9 October 2020 (Last Updated October 9th, 2020 09:41)

Exogenesis has announced that its Exogenesis Surgical Mask (ESM) has achieved primary endpoints of trapping and deactivating Covid-19 viral particles in simulated real-world exposures during a series of challenge tests. The ESM is intended to offer protective nose and mouth covering for healthcare workers and patients involved in medical and surgical procedures. The ESM is not approved for commercial distribution but the company expects to make premarket regulatory filings soon.

Hawkeye Systems has announced that its manufacturing partner DemeTECH has secured NIOSH certification for its line of US manufactured N95 Masks. The company has secured guaranteed, uninterrupted production capacity on production lines.

IsoPlexis has announced a partnership with Yale University to use its functional immune landscaping and high-plex automated immunoassay solutions to identify several predictive markers of immune response to Covid-19. It is hoped that this work will provide critical functional insights into the mechanisms of various immune responses to Covid-19 and help to accelerate the development of critical therapeutics and vaccines.

Real-Time Analyzers (RTA), a developer of chemical and biological agent analysers for the US military, has developed a saliva-based Covid-19 test kit. The COVID-19 Saliva Antigen Test kit includes a straw-like tube to gather and transfer saliva to a sample vial, to which buffer is then added in order to inactivate the virus in the saliva, and a pipette to transfer a few drops to a pregnancy-style test strip. Saliva flows across the strip, and generates a test result in 15-20 minutes. One visible line on the strip indicates that the user is not infected and two visible lines indicate that the user is infected.

PerkinElmer has announced that the Lighthouse lab in Newport, South Wales is now processing Covid-19 testing samples as part of the company’s collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in support of the UK Government’s Test and Trace strategy. The Newport lab is claimed to be the first facility to be brought online by PerkinElmer with the DHSC.