Viracor Partners with VA New England Veterans Healthcare System to Offer COVID-19 Testing
Viracor will offer two types of COVID-19 tests through the company’s established contract with the GSA (U.S. General Services Administration Contract):
CommonWealth - If you survive COVID-19, are you immune?
The FDA is also allowing commercial labs to run these types of tests without FDA review. Framingham-based Boston Heart Diagnostics started offering a blood test on Monday that measures COVID-19 antibodies. The test is not meant to diagnose the virus, but it can be used to determine if someone had COVID-19 in the past and whether the virus is still present.
Viracor Eurofins Receives Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR laboratory-developed test (LDT)
Viracor Eurofins, one of the largest and most recognised infectious diseases testing laboratories in the U.S., was granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Clinical Diagnostics' molecular laboratory-developed test (LDT). The Viracor SARS-CoV-2 assay is a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test intended for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in nasopharyngeal swab, nasal swab, nasopharyngeal wash, nasal wash, oropharyngeal swab and bronchoalveolar lavage from individuals suspected of COVID-19. The Viracor EUA is available on https://www.fda.gov/media/136740/download.
The National Kidney Registry and Viracor Eurofins Announce Coronavirus Antibody Testing for Donors and Recipients
“We are pleased to announce that COVID-19 antibody testing will be available to NKR Member Centers by Friday, April 10th. Some centers are already planning to use the newly released antibody test for screening donors and recipients prior to surgery, in conjunction with the PCR test, and for research related to waitlisted patients and transplant recipients.” Said Garet Hil, Founder and CEO, National Kidney Registry. “We are grateful for the rapid response from Eurofins in developing this solution and we indebted to key members of our Medical Board for guiding us through this process.
NPR Boston - Eurofins' Boston Heart Diagnostics Lab Launches Rapid Test for Telltale Coronavirus Antibodies
The COVID-19 blood-based serology test looks for a type of antibodies that reflect having had active disease, and it's thought the best time to test for them is at 14 days after infection. The lab hopes to participate in research with local hospitals to monitor patients' immune response over time and possibly to help with efforts to develop treatments from antibodies.
FierceBiotech - Eurofins lays out plans for high-throughput COVID-19 antibody blood testing
Global testing company Eurofins announced it will begin offering large-scale, blood-based COVID-19 antibody testing in Massachusetts through its Viracor and Boston Heart Diagnostics subsidiaries.
Starting April 6, hospitals on the East Coast will be able to ship blood samples to Boston for analysis, according to Eurofins, which expects to start processing 200 tests per hour, or about 4,800 per day. Additionally, Viracor said it plans to offer its own test in mid-April.
The Doctor's Farmacy - Dr. Hyman Podcast: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing with Dr. Steve Kleiboeker
Viracor's Dr. Steve Kleiboeker talks with Dr. Hyman on the The Doctor's Farmacy about who should be tested for COVID-19, when, and how, and what kinds of tests are currently available or soon will be. In addition, they discuss some of the most confusing COVID-19 recommendations, like if the general public should wear masks as a protective measure.
Boston Herald - Eurofins' Massachusetts lab launches coronavirus antibody test
Eurofins U.S. Clinical Diagnostics Network's Boston Heart Diagnostics has launched a coronavirus COVID-19 antibody blood-based test for area hospitals—where the need is the highest ahead of an anticipated surge in the coming weeks. The serology lab test may be able to identify if a person is immune to the highly contagious disease and could be the key in fighting the spread of the virus.