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Bio-Techne expects the acquisition will provide it with a basis to build out its IVD presence, given Asuragen's diagnostic tests and regulatory expertise.
The ELISA-based test has shown 98.8 percent sensitivity and 99.6 percent specificity for detecting SARS-CoV-2 specific IgG against two virus antigens.
News items for the in vitro diagnostics industry for the week of Nov. 23, 2020.
Kantaro said that authorized clinical testing laboratories in Europe can use its enzyme-linked immunoassays, which detect IgG antibodies to two coronavirus antigens.
The firm said that its antibody tests detect the presence or absence COVID-19 antibodies and measure their levels.
The test, which received EUA from the US Food and Drug Administration in April, is designed to detect human IgG antibodies in serum and plasma.
Mount Sinai researchers investigated four cytokine proteins and found that two of them were elevated in the serum samples of SARS-CoV-2 patients who fared the worst.
The London-based firm hopes to also show the clinical utility of its KidneyIntelX assay for predicting the risk of the patients' progressive kidney decline.
BlackRock, the world's largest investment manager, led the round, joined by new investors Deerfield Management and Moore Strategic Ventures as well as existing investors.
KidneyIntelX can be used to report risk assessment results for fast-progressing kidney disease and future kidney failure for patients with chronic kidney disease.