Industry News: Zymo Research granted CE IVD mark for Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR kit

The test outperforms other molecular tests with a low detection limit of 15 GEC/reaction (250 GEC/ml of sample) and a robust control system

24 Aug 2020

Zymo Research announced that it was recently granted the CE IVD Mark for its Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR kit. To obtain this certification the product had to comply with the Directive 98/79/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 1998 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

The Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Kit is a real-time reverse transcription PCR (rRT-PCR) test used for the qualitative detection of nucleic acids from SARS-CoV-2 in upper and lower respiratory specimens. The test has been previously authorized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) under an emergency use and it is widely used in the U.S.A. for the diagnosis of COVID-19. With a limit of detection as low as 15 GEC/reaction (250 GEC/ml of sample) and a robust control system, this test outperforms most SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests currently on the market. Unlike many other molecular tests, the Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Kit includes ready-to-use reaction mixtures, thus reducing hands-on time and eliminating human errors during the set-up process. In addition, the test is fast and results are generated in less than 1.5 hours.

Zymo Research can readily scale the production as needed, without the reliance on other vendors that can influence the supply chain. Millions of tests per day can be manufactured, as needed, to support the fight against COVID-19. Moreover, with a worldwide network of distributors, as well as subsidiaries in Germany and China, Zymo Research is logistically set up to supply the Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Kit rapidly and efficiently throughout the world. This vast established distributor network has been instrumental in getting reagents delivered where most urgently needed during this worldwide pandemic.

“Receiving the CE IVD Mark for our Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Kit means we can better support COVID-19 testing on a global level, something that Zymo Research has been deeply committed to since the start of the pandemic,” said Dr. Paolo Piatti, Senior Scientist at Zymo Research.

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