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BforCure Obtains CE Mark for Portable PCR Thermocycler to Detect SARS-CoV-2

NEW YORK ─ Paris-based point-of-care testing firm BforCure said on Monday that it has obtained CE marking for its Chronos Dx portable qPCR thermocycler, enabling its use for SARS-CoV-2 testing.

Chronos Dx uses a microfluidic thermal heating and cooling engine to rapidly cycle samples and enable multiplex qPCR testing in less than 15 minutes, BforCure said, adding it has placed its first portable thermocyclers for SARS-CoV-2 testing in France, including some at an undisclosed airport.

BforCure said it will retain Chronos Dx as an open platform to accommodate third party test kits for both in vitro diagnostic and research use, and it intends to develop additional tests in the near future.