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May 18, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – FDA provides EUA to Everlywell Covid-19 diagnostic test – GeneMe develops Covid-19 test worth £10

By Chloe Kent

ECOLOG International and Laboratoires Réunis Luxembourg will carry-out testing for Covid-19 in Luxembourg. Ecolog will set up 17 testing stations that can accommodate around 20,000 tests each day for citizens, residents and cross border workforce. The entire population of Luxembourg will be able to get tested for the disease.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Everlywell for its at-home sample collection kit, which will be used for Covid-19 diagnostic testing. The Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit can be used by people at home who underwent screening using an online questionnaire, which will be reviewed by a health care provider.

Polish company GeneMe has developed a fast, scalable and reliable mouth swab test for Covid-19. The test can be completed on-premises in around 13 to 25 minutes without the need for laboratory involvement. Gdańsk University of Technology has independently validated the GeneMe FRANKD test with 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity. The test is priced at £10 for different businesses in the region.

Hologic’s Aptima SARS-CoV-2 assay to detect Covid-19 has received EUA from the FDA. The test operates on the Hologic’s fully automated Panther system, of which over 1,000 are installed in US clinical laboratories. The system can provide initial results in around three hours and can process over 1,000 coronavirus tests in 24hrs.

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