SARS-CoV-2 Genotyping using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Now Suited to Small, Medium and High-throughput Clinical Settings.
Advanced Biological Laboratories (ABL) announced today the CE-IVD registration of its DeepChek® Whole Genome SARS-CoV-2 Genotyping Assay, the first in-vitro diagnostics kit to aid clinical applications and intended for use on previously diagnosed COVID-19 patients.
This innovative and unique assay, suited to small, medium and high throughput laboratories is intended to be used for amplifying >99% of severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) genome, in upper respiratory specimens (such as nasal, mid-turbinate, nasopharyngeal, and oropharyngeal swab specimens, and nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal aspirate specimens) from individuals already tested positive to SARS-CoV-2.
The assay, available in a kit format, provides multiplexed amplicons that can easily be prepared into distinct libraries or pooled with other types of samples and applications (Ex.: HIV, 16s RNA, Tuberculosis…) for subsequent Next Generation Sequencing on many platforms and lab configurations.
It can be bundled with a downstream analysis software to perform a comprehensive list of clinically relevant analyses like SARS-CoV-2 variants identification (including UK, Indian, South African, Brazilian variants of concern databases like Pangolin and Nextclade) for cluster management. It is also used for nucleotide and amino-acid mutations calling and coupled with a constantly up-to-date knowledge database correlating genomic variations with clinical interpretations like virus infectivity or vaccine efficacy. All information is centralized into a PDF report. The analysis and listing of genomic variations by the analysis software, either through a Cloud access or local appliances, is for Research Use Only (RUO). Virologists and physicians use the related genotyping data in conjunction with other patients’ information.
The DeepChek® Whole Genome SARS-CoV-2 Genotyping Assay can be part of a laboratory validated environment for an end-to-end solution including automation (liquid handling robot) and integration with the laboratory information system (LIS).
“After completing CE-IVD registration of our HIV Assays in 2020, we are delighted to offer to virologists another genotyping application for SARS-CoV-2 using the DeepChek® technology which brings lots of efficiency and flexibility to microbiology.” said Dimitri Gonzalez, Head of Diagnostics at ABL. “ABL actively keeps offering high-quality assays and software to microbiology labs covering qPCR et sequencing tests for a growing portfolio of applications which all aim to optimize disease management, our Company’s philosophy since 2000” explained Dr. Chalom Sayada, the CEO of the ABL Group.
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