Steps other Danaher companies are taking in the fight against COVID-19
Beckman Coulter is proud to be part of Danaher which is made up of a collection of the world’s leading diagnostic and Life Science companies, including Cepheid and Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT).
The global Cepheid team is mobilizing quickly to deliver a world-class, point-of-care test for the rapid qualitative detection of the 2019 novel coronavirus. “An accurate test performed close to the patient with a rapid turnaround time will deliver time-critical results to help alleviate the pressure that the emergence of the 2019-nCoV outbreak has put on healthcare facilities. By leveraging the design principles of our current Xpert® Xpress Flu/RSV cartridge technology, in which multiple regions of the viral genome are targeted to provide rapid detection of current and future pandemic coronavirus strains, we are developing a test that can be applied in multiple settings where actionable patient management information is needed quickly.” David Persing, MD, Ph.D. Cepheid’s Chief Medical and Technology Officer.
To learn more about Cepheid’s SARS-CoV-2 test development, including news, FAQ’s and expected product details, visit Cepheid’s dedicated COVID-19 information page.
IDT was the first company in the nation to have its primer and probe kits approved by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for use as a key component of the CDC Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) test protocol for the diagnosis and detection of COVID-19. IDT has achieved large-scale manufacturing of this key component, which assists in DNA analysis of patient samples. IDT has manufactured, and CDC has qualified, primer and probe kits sufficient to enable over 5 million tests per week to be conducted pursuant to the CDC EUA testing protocol. IDT will also continue to supply primer and probe kits to research laboratories which may assist them in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
To learn more about IDT's role in the fight against COVID-19, visit IDT’s dedicated information page.