Hologic debuts research-use-only SARS-CoV-2 test

By LabPulse.com staff writers

May 1, 2020 -- Hologic has launched a research-use-only (RUO) version of a new molecular assay that can detect SARS-CoV-2 and which is expected to dramatically increase testing capacity at labs.

Initially, Hologic expects to distribute about 3 million of its Aptima molecular assay, which will run on the company's Panther system, to CLIA-certified hospital, public health, and reference laboratories.

Hologic's new SARS-Co-V-2 test will be run on its Panther system. Image courtesy of Hologic.

Starting in late May, Hologic expects to produce about 1 million tests per week. Production is expected to accelerate in the coming months, according to the company.

Hologic plans to apply for emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Aptima SARS-CoV-2 assay with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and to register a CE Mark for diagnostic use in Europe.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided $13 million in funding for the project via support from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

The Aptima assay is the company's second diagnostic for COVID-19. Its Panther Fusion SARS-CoV-2 molecular diagnostic received an EUA in March.

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Last Updated np 5/4/2020 10:53:17 AM