Coronavirus company news summary – SteriPack Group announces global rollout of sterile swabs – Primo Nutraceuticals signs on for exclusive Covid-19 rapid test marketing rights

22 October 2020 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2020 11:10)

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved the efficacy of IIT Karagpur's COVIRAP diagnostic machine for detecting Covid-19 infection. The novel testing technology has been validated for its accurate molecular diagnostic procedure and is low cost and easy to conduct. Several commercial units have approached the Institute for rapid expansion of the technology.

CerTest Biotec and BD have recieved a CE mark for the VIASURE SARS-CoV-2 (N1 + N2) Real Time PCR Detection Kit for the BD MAX™ System. The new kit can enhance Covid-19 testing to run as either individual or combined detection of influenza and respiratory viruses.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $852,000 grant to SteriPack Group to accelerate the production of sterile nasal swabs used for Covid-19 tests. The company currently produces 20 million sterile swabs per month and is expected to expand its capacity, thereby facilitating new job opportunities at its facility.

Primo Nutraceuticals, an investment company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Neo-Nostics for the exclusive rights to market the Neo-Nostics 2019-nCoV IgG/IgM Rapid Test Kit in Canada. The MoU is effective from October 2020. Primo will receive the “Official Dealer/Distributor Status” once Neo-Nostics ™ gets the license and approval from Health Canada.