Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test launched by PerkinElmer

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test launched by PerkinElmer


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  • Source: PerkinElmer

  • Date: 28 Feb,2021

PerkinElmer, Inc. has announced the introduction of the PerkinElmer® COVID-19 Antigen Test for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein antigen in nasal (NS) or nasopharyngeal (NP) swab specimens. The lateral flow immunoassay test can be used to screen or to assist in diagnoses of COVID-19 in asymptomatic or symptomatic individuals. A positive or negative result can be obtained in as little as 15 minutes to ease immediate isolation or treatment decisions.

This newest addition to the Company’s portfolio of SARS-CoV-2 testing solutions is available in more than 30 countries that take the CE mark. The in vitro diagnostic device is ideally suited for professional use point-of-care (POC) clinical and non-clinical settings such as healthcare centers, travel hubs, businesses and educational institutions. Clinical studies in symptomatic and asymptomatic populations, including people with low viral load, have shown sensitivity of over 97% amongst all NS and NP samples. Specificity of the test across 202 negative samples was 100%, which means no false positives were identified.

“While RT-PCR tests remain the gold standard in COVID-19 diagnostics, there is an unmet need in the market for a highly reliable antigen test that can support the reopening strategies of organizations worldwide,” said Masoud Toloue, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Diagnostics, PerkinElmer. “Sensitivity and reliability matters, especially in this challenging environment. Just like with our RT-PCR test, significant talent and effort was put behind developing a lateral flow antigen test that sets the benchmark for rapid testing, and may help facilitate the safe return of in-person education, commerce and everyday life.”

PerkinElmer continues to work on the frontlines of improving COVID-19 testing. The Company’s comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 offerings span high throughput RNA extraction, RT-PCR, automation, ELISA, chemiluminescence, time-resolved fluorescence and lateral flow based serology testing.

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