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November 5, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – Health Canada approves Precision Biomonitoring’s rapid SARS-CoV-2 testing device – South Korea approves single test for Covid-19 and flu

By Chloe Kent

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new VITROS® SARS-CoV-2 antigen test to help detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The company also received CE mark certification, allowing the company to market the test across European Union (EU).

Stanford University engineers have created an automated device, which can help detect Covid-19 by leveraging “lab on a chip” technology. Performed on a device about half the size of a credit card, the test is yields results in only thirty minutes. It is cheap, and not reliant on antibodies like other tests, stated researchers.

Health Canada has approved Precision Biomonitoring’s thermostable TRIPLELOCK™ test strips for use across the country. The TRIPLELOCK™ test strips are used as part of rapid diagnostic RT-PCR testing, and can provide results for nine samples in one hour. The cost-effective Canadian-made test will target the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Canada. Precision Biomonitoring has also received funding from the Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) for further thermostable test manufacturing.

South Korea health officials have approved a new test that can detect Covid-19 and seasonal influenza in the same sample, reports AP. This is intended to curb the spread of the disease in hospitals as the pandemic stretches into the winter season. Experts believe the likelihood of a virus flare in the cold weather when people will stay indoors. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency recently reported 118 new Covid-19 cases, mostly from Seoul.

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