COVID-19 testing

By Laura Lovett 12:27 pm August 27, 2020
Abbott has scored yet another Emergency Use Authorization for rapid coronavirus testing – this one, named BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card, come in the form of a card and can provide results in 15 minutes. The other notable difference in this test is the price point. Abbott said it will sell the tests for $5 each.  Users will also be able to link their results to Abbott’s app dubbed NAVICA, which will...
By Dave Muoio 02:58 pm August 13, 2020
Driving digital diagnosis. Roche and Israeli life sciences investment firm aMoon announced plans this week to launch an early-stage investment program called StarFinder Lab. Focused on novel diagnostic technologies, in particular, with the help of AI data analysis and digital health tools, the program will provide funding, mentoring and other strategic support such as a physical office space...
By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm August 10, 2020
The past few months have seen tech companies, healthcare organizations, employee-benefits vendors and others toss their hat into a fast-growing market for "return-to-work" COVID-19 health-monitoring services. Today CVS Health and Salesforce, two of the bigger names in that race, have announced plans to integrate their offerings into a single digital, data-driven testing and monitoring program....
By Dave Muoio 02:15 pm July 27, 2020
On Friday evening, the FDA reissued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for LabCorp's COVID-19 RE-PCR Test that now allows for testing among those without any symptoms of COVID-19. The agency also expanded the indication to allow for pooled sample testing – a technique of combining multiple samples into a single test, and then following up with individual tests should the group be positive. The...
By Dean Koh 02:22 am June 16, 2020
Genomic medicine startup Lucence and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore’s national research agency and a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, today announced study results indicating that the reagent used in Lucence’s SAFER Sample saliva collection kit inactivates SARS-CoV-2 within 45 seconds of sample collection. The development of the SAFER...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 am May 19, 2020
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell, a digital platform that lets consumers order lab tests online and view their results, has received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 at-home diagnostic sample collection kit that can be used with multiple diagnostic lab tests. Announced Friday by the FDA and Monday by the startup, the EverlyWell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit includes nasal...

Above photo: A SMART AMR IRG researcher optimizing prototype assay.
Credit: Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

By Dean Koh 02:29 am May 19, 2020
Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, has received a grant from the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) COVID-19 Research fund for the acceleration of research and development of rapid paper-based serological and diagnostic tests for COVID-19. WHY IT MATTERS Although dozens of diagnostic tests, based on RNA or antibody detection,...

Credit: GenScript Biotech

By Dean Koh 08:11 am May 15, 2020
Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School, GenScript Biotech and the Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD) at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) announced an exclusive agreement to co-develop and manufacture a unique serological coronavirus (COVID-19) detection system known as the surrogate virus neutralization test (sVNT) or cPass. This first of its kind test allows rapid...
By Dave Muoio 02:50 pm May 13, 2020
Less than a week after the first home-collected saliva test for COVID-19 was authorized by the FDA, at least two consumer-facing telehealth brands say they have cut deals to sell these test kits to the public. The first is consumer telehealth company Hims & Hers, best known for its mail-order wellness and sexual health products for men and women. While the well-funded startup has...

Credit: Viveo Health 

By Sophie Porter 10:08 am May 13, 2020
Estonian health tech innovator Viveo Health has made its telemedicine platform "Virtual Office for Doctors" free to doctors and medical professionals worldwide. The release comes in line with the increased demand for reliable remote consultation platforms to accommodate safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Virtual Office" accommodates chat, phone and video functions and works both...