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In 2018 Qiagen purchased a 19.9 percent stake in Ann Arbor, Michigan-based NeuMoDx along with the right to acquire the remaining shares.

The test is designed to detect and differentiate SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, and influenza B and runs on the company's benchtop Cobas Liat system.

Overall, GenMark's ePlex Respiratory Pathogen Panel 2 provides results for more than 20 viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, flu A and B, RSV, and rhinovirus.

The loan will help fund Scope's development of its PCR One point-of-care molecular diagnostic instrument and related respiratory virus panel.

Healthcare providers need multiplexed tests that can differentiate the flu from the coronavirus so they can treat patients quickly and appropriately.

The test is for use with the company's Liaison MDx instrument and can be used alone or with the Simplexa COVID-19 Direct kit.

The RT-PCR test runs on Roche's automated Cobas 6800/8800 systems and is also available in countries accepting the CE mark.

Some of the firms will receive money to speed up test development, while others will use the funds to expand their testing and manufacturing capacity.

The PCR-based panel is designed to differentiate between SARS-CoV-2 and other common winter infections with high specificity and sensitivity.

Antelope is currently developing a urine-based at-home test for the sexually transmitted infections Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

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