A game-changing point of care coronavirus test from global diagnostics company Randox Laboratories and leading technology manufacturer Bosch Healthcare Solutions will launch in April 2020.
The Vivalytic Viral Respiratory Tract Infection (VRI) Array can identify SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and differentiate it from nine other respiratory infections with similar symptoms, including influenza and all known coronaviruses.
This provides a more comprehensive respiratory screening which enables precise and informed treatment decisions to be made.
Dr. Heather McMillan, Molecular R&D Scientist at Randox Biosciences, commented;
“This array focuses not only on the identification of the novel coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19, but also nine other respiratory infection targets simultaneously, including Influenza A and B, Sarbecovirus and MERS. The aim is to diagnose patients fast and accurately from a single genetic sample, maximising containment of the virus whilst minimising the spread. With the development of this array onto a fully automated platform, patients can be diagnosed rapidly at point of care locations globally such as pharmacies and doctor surgeries.”
The Viral Respiratory Tract Infection Array is one of the world’s first multiplex molecular diagnostic tests meeting the COVID-19 testing recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC).
The target gene for COVID-19 being used on the VRI array is ORF1ab, and for Sarbecovirus (SARS, SARS like, SARS-CoV-2) is E gene, representing conserved regions of the genome which have been chosen for their high sensitivity and specificity.
Marc Meier, Managing Director of Bosch Healthcare Solutions, a subsidiary of Bosch Group, said:
“We are enthusiastic about partnering with Randox to offer their assay technology on the Vivalytic platform. The core competencies of Bosch in automation, miniaturization, sensor technology and connectivity are complemented by Randox’s expertise in developing excellent biocontent for a wide range of assays and commercializing innovative diagnostic solutions.”
The new VRI test will be conducted on Vivalytic a point of care platform brought to the market by Randox Laboratories and Bosch. The Vivalytic system is a fully-automated, cartridge-based platform capable of both Hi-Plex and Lo-Plex testing. The cartridges are fully-sealed which minimises the risk of contamination, require room temperature storage (space-saving), contain all the reagents on-board the cartridge and utilises end point PCR. The test only requires a single nasal swab from the patient and an easy four step process to be carried out by the user to run the patient sample.
Sample Type: Nasopharyngeal Swab
Sample Volume: 300µl clinical sample
Key Benefits of Vivalytic | Point of Care Platform
- User friendly
- No laboratory training required
- 4 step work flow
- Minimal contamination risk – fully contained system
- No peripherals required – hygienic
- Connects to LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System)
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About Randox Laboratories
Randox is a global leader in healthcare diagnostics; today more than 5% of the world’s population – in excess of 370 million people across 145 countries – receives medical diagnosis using Randox products each year. Randox is the largest diagnostic company from the UK and exports over 95% of products worldwide. Our products and services are used in hospitals, clinical, research and molecular laboratories, food testing, forensic toxicology, life sciences, and veterinary laboratories.
With more than 1500 employees of 44 nationalities, including 430 research scientists and engineers, we have offices and distribution in over 145 countries. There are four key manufacturing and research and development sites, located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland; Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland; Bangalore, India; and one in development in the Greater Washington DC area, USA. Our Randox Health Clinics are currently located in London and Belfast, with ambitious plans to roll out a number of new clinics in the coming months and years. A mobile service enabling certified Randox Health staff to visit clients at their convenience has also been launched.
With a major focus in R&D, Randox scientists work in pioneering research into a range of common illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. With up to 25% of turnover reinvested in R&D, Randox has more new tests in development than any other diagnostic company.
Randox scientists have spent over £305 million researching the thousands of biomarkers present in our bodies and have identified the gold standard in testing. Our patented Biochip Array Technology is the world’s only diagnostic grade biochip. This state-of-the-art technology has revolutionised the diagnostics industry by offering a unique testing platform which allows multiple tests to be carried out from a single patient sample.
About Bosch Healthcare Solutions
Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. The subsidiary was established in 2015 with the aim of developing products and services that improve people’s health and quality of life. About 120 associates (state 2019) are currently employed at the company’s headquarters in Waiblingen, Germany. The subsidiary’s solutions draw on the Bosch Group’s core competencies: sensors to collect data, software to evaluate that data, and services based on this data analysis.
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