CORONAVIRUS NEWS

Launch of SARS-CoV-2 IgG II antibody test

Beckman Coulter has launched its Access SARS-CoV-2 IgG II assay in countries accepting the CE mark. The new Access SARS-CoV-2 IgG II assay quantitatively measures a patient’s level of antibodies in response to a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.

SARS-CoV-2 antibody test to determine previous infection

Randox Laboratories has launched its new SARS-CoV-2 IgG test, utilising patented Randox Biochip Technology to simultaneously detect IgG antibodies that are reactive to both the spike receptor binding domain (RBD) and nucleocapsid protein (NP).

Quantitative large-scale immunosequencing solution

Q2 Solutions, a global clinical trial laboratory services organisation, resulting from an IQVIA and Quest Diagnostics joint venture, has announced a partnership with Adaptive Biotechnologies, a pioneer and leader in immune-driven medicine.

Rapid antigen test receives CE mark approval

Mologic a developer of lateral-flow and rapid diagnostic technologies, has announced that its professional-use COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test has now been certified with a CE mark.

Software update results in a faster PCR test for SARS-CoV-2

Introduction of improved software for the Vivalytic analysis device means that the CE-marked Vivalytic SARS-CoV-2 rapid coronavirus test, which uses the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), now delivers its results even faster.

Delivering ultralow-temperature freezers to vaccination centres

Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS) and international life sciences company Eppendorf have been chosen to provide ultralow-temperature (ULT) freezers for the country’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

Vitamin C: a game-changer for COVID-19 patients

Vitamin C can save the lives of those badly affected by SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 disease, and make symptoms of milder infections less severe. This is a key finding from a major review just published by senior experts from around the world.

Approval of first coronavirus vaccine: comment from BIVDA

British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) Chief Executive Doris-Ann Williams has welcomed the confirmation of the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by British regulators.

Accurate quantitative SARS-CoV-2 antibody test kit

EKF Diagnostics has introduced the Kantaro COVID-SeroKlir SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody test kit, one of the first tests to measure precisely levels of SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies in individuals.

SARS-CoV-2: testing for the infectious

In a boost to the daily testing scheme announced by the government, British firm Iceni Diagnostics has developed a solution that can identify whether or not patients are actually infectious.

SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test: an update

Avacta Group has announced significant progress in the development of a highly scalable manufacturing process for a lateral-flow SARS-CoV-2 antigen test, currently being carried out with BBI Solutions, and that the test shows very good sensitivity.

Whole pathogen multiplex controls for cold, cough and COVID testing

Just in time for influenza season, global diagnostics company Randox Laboratories has unveiled a range of whole pathogen multiplex controls that cover multiple viral and bacterial pathogens that cause respiratory disease.

A collaborative approach to combating SARS-CoV-2

A game-changing partnership between Randox Laboratories and Bosch Healthcare continues to change the testing landscape and capabilities both in laboratory and non-laboratory settings to rapidly detect SARS-CoV-2.

Pathogenic sample collection and transportation kit launched

EKF Diagnostics has launched a PrimeStore MTM sample collection kit. This new kit facilitates convenient and safe collection, transportation and handling of pathogenic samples, including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza.

Cameras for use with qPCR instruments testing for SARS-CoV-2

In response to global demand for dependable technologies designed to optimise coronavirus testing, Atik Cameras has developed the new VS255 and VS825 cameras for use specifically with quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) instruments

Rapid antigen testing for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

The Fortress COVID-19 Antigen Test, available from Una Health, is a single-use in vitro immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of nucleocapsid protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal swab specimens.

Virus transport medium completes FDA notification process

Teknova, a manufacturer of cell culture media, protein purification buffers, and molecular biology reagents, has completed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notification process for its CDC formulation Viral Transport Medium (VTM).

Local MP visits Southwest Pathology Service

Southwest Pathology Service (SPS), which has been at the forefront of the national effort to provide potentially life-saving coronavirus and COVID-19 testing, has been commended by Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow.

Helping diagnostic laboratories scale up liquid handling

The current pandemic has led to unparalleled pressure on laboratories to ramp up capacity for SARS-CoV-2 testing. INTEGRA’s electronic pipettes, pipetting robots and other instruments have helped many laboratories tackle this challenge.

Detection of circulating SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is one of the most urgent infectious disease challenges the world has faced in recent history. As few treatment options exist, the need to evaluate neutralising antibodies to fight the virus is at an all-time high.

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SHOT Report 2019: ADU highlights webinar

Online
28 January 2021

COVID-19 - The Infection that Challenged the World: Is Necessity the Mother of Invention?

Online
11-14 May 2021

Lab Innovations 2021

NEC, Birmingham
3-4 November 2021

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International Convention Centre, Birmingham
14-17 March 2022