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BD, BioGX Submit EUA Request to FDA for New COVID-19 Diagnostics

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 27 Mar 2020
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Image: BD, BioGX Submit EUA Request to FDA for New COVID-19 Diagnostics (Photo courtesy of Becton, Dickinson and Company)
Image: BD, BioGX Submit EUA Request to FDA for New COVID-19 Diagnostics (Photo courtesy of Becton, Dickinson and Company)
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD; Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) and BioGX Inc. (Birmingham, AL, USA) have submitted Emergency Use Authorization requests to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for new diagnostic tests that, if authorized, would increase the potential capacity to screen for COVID-19 (coronavirus) by thousands of tests per day. The tests would help fill an urgent need across the US for laboratories to access an easy-to-use, rapid diagnostic test to screen patients for COVID-19. The tests will be run on the BD MAX Molecular Diagnostic Platform, which is already in use in nearly every state across the US at hundreds of laboratories, with each unit capable of analyzing hundreds of samples per day. The system is fully automated, reducing the opportunity for human error and increasing the speed to result. The samples are capable of being analyzed start to finish in two to three hours. Each BD MAX System can process 24 samples simultaneously.

BioGX has developed the assay for the BD MAX System in its Sample-Ready ready-to-use format to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The assay is based on the same viral RNA targeting sequences and real-time PCR detection method as the test developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The collaboration with BioGX to deliver a COVID-19 diagnostic in the US is another example of BD's commitment to help with the global COVID-19 pandemic and combat the spread of infectious diseases," said Nikos Pavlidis, vice president and general manager, molecular diagnostics and women's health for BD. "Our BD MAX System is a versatile molecular platform that enables us to rapidly deliver molecular solutions across our laboratory customers and help communities in need during times of high anxiety."

"These are challenging times for all of us, more so for our laboratory partners who have an urgent need for an easy to use, reliable test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 to determine if patients have contracted COVID-19," said Shazi Iqbal, Ph.D., chief executive officer of BioGX. "The foundation of BioGX firmly stands on its team's ability to step up and address such unmet needs with speed. Authorization to use our test would increase access across the US to an automated, highly reliable SARS-CoV-2 test."

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