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The effort, called INNO4COV-19, was awarded €6.1 million last month to support the commercialization of new diagnostics.

The companies are positioning the test, called SeptiCyte Rapid, for use in triaging COVID-19 patients who could be at greater risk for progressing to sepsis.

 

The effort is one of 23 research projects selected as part of a new, €128 million EU package to combat COVID-19.

Under the agreement, Unilabs will help test airline passengers flying into UAE to determine if they are infected with the virus.

The PCR viral load test runs on the Cobas 6800/8800 systems and has been calibrated to the World Health Organization International Standard, Roche said.

The seven technologies feature different methods, including CRISPR and microfluidics, and can be performed in many settings and with a variety of sample types.

Unilabs Denmark, the local subsidiary of the European diagnostic services provider, will carry out antibody testing as part of the effort.

Of the 28 companies in the index, 18 firms saw their stock prices increase, while 10 firms' share prices decreased. 

While new ways to carry out pool testing for SARS-CoV-2 abound, questions remain about sensitivity issues and the regulation of such tests.

Some parts of Europe turned to serology testing early to try to get a handle on the pandemic but had to quickly pull back after those tests performed abysmally.

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