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  1. Gold Standard Diagnostics, a Eurofins Technologies company, launches CE marked assay for the detection of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant

    Gold Standard Diagnostics continues its response to the threat of the emerging Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant by providing innovative diagnostic solutions.

    The Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant has raised significant concerns given its rapid spread in South Africa and has now been confirmed in over 40 countries. The variant contains many mutations which may enable the virus to evade the immune response raised by previous infection or vaccination.

    With the current uncertainty surrounding the dangers of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant, it is crucial to closely monitor its spread and provide reliable diagnostic solutions for its identification. By now, the variant has already split in two sublineages (BA.1 & BA.2) one of which, nicknamed the ‘stealth Omicron’, does not carry the Spike protein deletion 69/70. This deletion, however, has so far been used as a workaround to identify this variant through a dropout in a widely used RT-PCR assay [1].

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  2. New Lateral Flow Reader RapidScan ST5-W as a single platform validated for multiple food and environmental rapid tests

    Eurofins Technologies, a supplier of test kits and systems for laboratory analyses, announces the launch of its new RapidScan ST5-W lateral flow reader, specifically designed for field and in-process testing applications requiring qualitative to semi-quantitative test results.

    This portable instrument is a highly flexible, easy to use and accurate imaging platform used for lateral flow assay analysis. RapidScan ST5-W is unique to the market with its flexibility, multiple target analysis and its compatibility with applications for Eurofins Technologies’ allergen, GMO, glyphosate and algal toxins lateral flow tests. The reader performs well both in laboratories and in field testing environments, where quick results are needed for contamination analysis. With a data storage capacity of up to 5000 test results, reports are easy to create and export.

     

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  3. New multiplex RT-PCR assay for combined SARS-CoV-2 screening and rapid detection of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of concern

    Eurofins Technologies announces the launch of the multiplex RT-PCR assay GSD NovaType Detect + Select K417N SARS-CoV-2. Within just one week since the first reports on the Omicron variant of concern, this kit has been developed as a quick response to identify its presence. The assay is designed for the simultaneous qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 genomic RNA and identification of the spike (S) mutation K417N in one reaction.

    The results of this RT-PCR assay can be obtained within 1 hour, which makes it a fast and cost-effective solution to identifying the presence of the Omicron variant before samples are confirmed by whole genome sequencing.

    Eurofins Technologies is constantly working to adapt its product offering to meet the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

     

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  4. New Wastewater Diagnostic Kit for SARS-CoV-2 Testing including Identification of Omicron Variant

    Eurofins Technologies announces the launch of the VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Mplex I and Mplex II Wastewater real-time RT-PCR kits to provide an efficient solution for SARS-CoV-2 detection in wastewater, including the Omicron variant of concern.

    Wastewater-based epidemiology has become an important approach in order to comprehensively monitor the profile of SARS-CoV-2 infections in highly populated areas. Methods to detect SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in untreated wastewater have advanced over the last number of months. Data has shown that concentrations of viral RNA correlate with trends in reported COVID-19 cases, demonstrating the importance of wastewater testing as a public health tool.

     

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  5. New Multiplex RT-PCR Respiratory Panel for SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B, RSV A and RSV B

    Eurofins Technologies announces the launch of two RT-PCR assays to accurately diagnose respiratory diseases caused by SARS-CoV-2, Influenza virus or RSV. Since initial symptoms produced by these pathogens are indistinguishable, access to accurate and reliable tests will help clinicians improve patient care.

    These new CE-marked multiplex kits have been specifically designed to detect and differentiate three viral infections in the same PCR run. The Mplex SARS-CoV-2+, Flu A, Flu B (C1) RT-PCR assay facilitates differentiation, in a single reaction, between Influenza A, B, and SARS-CoV-2, with simultaneous detection of two SARS-CoV-2 targets (N-gene + RdRP gene) as recommended by the WHO1. The RSV A, RSV B RT-PCR assay can differentiate between respiratory syncytial virus A and B.

     

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  6. Launch of RT-PCR kits for the rapid detection of the fast spreading SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron (B.1.1529)

    Eurofins Technologies continues to innovate and develop a wide range of diagnostic solutions for COVID-19, particularly in response to the threat of emerging mutations.

    In the past days, researchers have identified a new SARS-CoV-2 variant with a concerningly high number of mutations in the spike protein. The variant was first identified in Botswana in November 2021, is spreading rapidly across South Africa and has been identified in travellers to Hong Kong.

    The variant is especially concerning as it contains more than 30 mutations to the spike protein — the SARS-CoV-2 protein that recognises host cells and is the main target of the body’s natural or vaccine induced immune responses. Similar mutations have been found in variants such as Delta and Alpha and have been linked to heightened infection rates and potential resistance to infection-blocking antibodies [1]. However, the combination of these mutations seems to be unique to this variant and no related variants have so far been identified [2].

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  7. Simplify your Salmonella and STEC testing procedure - Free webinar

    Our new co-enrichment protocol enables the user to enrich both Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) and Salmonella enterica in one efficient enrichment for produce and meat testing. This reduces consumables, cost, time and lab space needed.

    In a time where simply testing for a pathogen is no longer enough and the market is looking for new forms of efficiency, we are striving to provide the extra edge to labs around the world in any way we can.

    Join our webinar on the 18th of November to learn more about how the co-enrichment works and the possibility of detecting STEC and Salmonella within the same sample. Take the opportunity to learn more about Salmonella and STEC detection and how you can increase your efficiency and make your lab more productive by saving on space and costs. >> Registration link for the webinar.

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  8. NEW! GSD NovaType Detect + Select SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and identification of specific variants

    Product Launch: New multiplex research use only (RUO) real-time reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) assay designed for the simultaneous qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) genomic RNA and identification of the spike (S) gene mutations R346K and Y449H as well as the ORF1a mutation I3731V. It is intended to aid in the identification of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC), variants of interest (VOI) and variants under monitoring (VUM). It is designed to aid investigations related to the prevalence and frequency of virus variants.

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  9. GSD NovaType Select RT-PCR - A SARS-CoV-2 mutation detection panel that keeps growing

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  10. New Products in the Allergen Lateral Flow Devices Product Line: Hazelnut, Milk Protein, Pistachio, Walnut

    Earlier this year, we launched our new and improved Lateral Flow Device product line for allergen detection in foodstuffs and environmental samples. These products quickly detect allergens that must be labeled on packaged food products. We are happy to announce now the launch of 4 new products within this range: SENSIStrip Hazelnut, Milk Protein, Pistachio, Walnut.

    The SENSIStrip Allergen kits are the perfect tool to control potential cross-contamination with food allergens, allowing for a quick screening of raw materials, the production process and the final product. This enables adequate allergen control at different stages of the food manufacturing process, across food matrices, rinse water and equipment.

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