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MicroGen Dx's Texas-based lab is the only commercial laboratory in the US offering sputum testing for SARS-CoV-2.

The company's approach relies on an initial point-of-care lateral flow assay followed by a confirmatory real-time PCR analysis run in its laboratories.

After validating its pathogen detection platform for multiple viruses, the firm aims to initially offer a point-of-care diagnostic testing panel by the third quarter.

The test, run on the BD Max system, allows hospitals to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 on site and receive results in less than three hours.

The test, developed by the firms in six weeks, is part of a viral respiratory panel and runs on Bosch's point-of-care Vivalytic system.