Roche, Basel, Switzerland, announced that it intends to launch a high-volume SARS-CoV-2 Antigen test as an aid in the diagnosis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The test is planned to be made available at the end of 2020 for markets accepting the CE Mark. Roche also intends to file for emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA.
The Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen test is a highly accurate laboratory immunoassay for the in vitro qualitative detection of the nucleocapsid antigen of SARS-CoV-2. The test is performed by healthcare professionals and uses nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab samples from patients with signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, or people with either known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
The Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen immunoassay runs on all cobas e immunochemistry analyzers. These fully automated systems can provide test results in 18 minutes for a single test (excluding time for sample collection, transport, and preparation), with a throughput of up to 300 tests per hour, depending on the analyser. A laboratory-based automated antigen assay allows for cost and error reduction due to removal of manual handling as well as fast turnaround times and high test throughput.
“We are aware that governments and healthcare systems are under intense pressure to increase SARS-CoV-2 testing capacity to effectively manage the spread of the virus,” says Thomas Schinecker, CEO of Roche Diagnostics. “A high-volume antigen test is a valuable addition to the testing portfolio for helping diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection. Being able to quickly and correctly identify if someone has a SARS-CoV-2 infection is critical to informing patient management decisions and containing the spread of covid-19. Roche remains committed to supporting governments, healthcare professionals, and patients to fight this pandemic with the help of our diagnostics solutions.”
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