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The PCR-based tests are designed to detect the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid gene in various respiratory specimens including oropharyngeal swabs.

The Shanghai-based molecular diagnostics firm is working with the Shanghai Zhongshan Hospital and other medical centers to enroll patients into the PREDICT trial.

The deal marks the 10th distribution agreement Australia-based Sienna has signed for its test, including one covering Finland earlier this year.

Both RT-PCR tests are designed to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in nasal swabs, although Sansure's test can be used with other respiratory specimens.

SG Blocks said it intends to create SARS-CoV-2 testing facilities using its expertise in building structures from maritime-grade shipping containers.

PlexBio said it is working with regional distributors to have its IntelliPlex SARS-CoV-2 Detection kit certified in various ASEAN countries.

The RT-PCR-based test kit is designed to detect the RdRp and E genes of the virus in various respiratory specimens including nasopharyngeal swabs and sputum.

Under the deal, the companies aim to develop a companion diagnostic for Bayer's solid tumor drug larotrectinib for the Chinese market.

Seroconversion for IgG and IgM occurred simultaneously or sequentially, and IgG and IgM titers plateaued within six days of seroconversion.

BGI will establish six so-called Huo-Yan COVID-19 testing labs in Saudi Arabia, based on the emergency lab the firm set up in Wuhan, China in February.

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