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Seegene Develops World’s First COVID-19 Mutant Identification Test

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 02 Feb 2021
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Image: Allplex™ 2019-nCoV Assay (Photo courtesy of Seegene, Inc.)
Image: Allplex™ 2019-nCoV Assay (Photo courtesy of Seegene, Inc.)
Seegene, Inc. (Seoul, Korea) has developed the world's first COVID-19 diagnostic variant test, capable of screening COVID-19 and identifying multiple mutant variations in a single reaction.

Seegene's new variant test, the Allplex SARS-CoV-2 Variants I Assay, can detect and differentiate virus variations, including those found to be more contagious and fatal. The new variant test not only detects COVID-19, but can also identify major genetic variations that seem to have originated from the UK, South Africa as well as other regions including Japan and Brazil. Furthermore, it can pre-screen a suspicious new variant, providing insight on additional variations, also a key feature of Seegene technology.

Seegene's new product integrates at least 10 of its proprietary technologies, including multiplex real-time PCR method of mTOCE, which is the cutting-edge technology that only the company can leverage. This innovative technology allows the test to detect a target specific spot where mutation occurs, enabling precise detection and differentiation of the coronavirus as well as its mutated versions with a single tube of reagent.

Another key feature using Seegene's unique technology is its endogenous internal control that can verify entire testing process including proper sample collection. By utilizing Seegene's big data auto-surveillance in silico system, the company is closely monitoring and analyzing worldwide database on COVID-19 and its variants, allowing it to quickly respond with product development.

The "new COVID-19 diagnostic variant test will significantly boost massive testing ability in its fight against the global-spread of mutant viruses when the time is key to controlling the pandemic," said an official from Seegene. According to the company official, Seegene plans "to supply its COVID-19 variant tests to global organizations and governments as its priority." The official added that the company will continue its work to "fulfill the duty as a leading global molecular diagnostics company by closely working with health authorities around the world."


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