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Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics, SiO2 Materials Science Partner on Sample Transport Media

NEW YORK ─ Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics and SiO2 Materials Science on Monday announced a partnership to produce and distribute Longhorn's PrimeStore Molecular Transport Medium (MTM) with SiO2’s sample transport tubes.

The 12 millimeter transport tubes will allow large, high-volume testing laboratories to pool 10 times more samples with one-tenth of the required materials, the firms said, adding that one tube can be used to test for multiple viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, and influenza B.

Lawrence Ganti, president of Auburn, Alabama-based SiO2, said in a statement that the firm can produce up to 2.5 million tubes per week.

PrimeStore MTM is a US Food and Drug Administration-cleared sample collection system that inactivates RNA, mRNA, and DNA pathogens.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Longhorn scaled production from up to 100,000 tubes of the molecular transport medium per month prior to March 2020 to greater than 2 million tubes per week during the height of the pandemic.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.