Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a global leader of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced that it was granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the company’s SARS-CoV-2 Total Ab test, the first total antibody test receiving EUA from the FDA. Bio-Rad’s blood-based immunoassay test can help clinicians identify if an individual has developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus associated with COVID-19 disease. The test has also met the CE mark requirements for Europe.
Clinical evaluation of the SARS-CoV-2 Total Ab test has demonstrated diagnostic specificity of more than 99 percent and diagnostic sensitivity of 98 percent. Cross-reactivity testing demonstrated specificity of 100 percent with no reactivity against other interfering specimens including non-CoV-2 coronaviruses.
"We are pleased to have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for our SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody test to support COVID-19 diagnosis," said Dara Wright, Bio-Rad Clinical Diagnostics Group EVP & President. "The total antibody approach enables detection of antibodies in the majority of patients eight days after the onset of symptoms, versus an IgG-only approach," she said.
The SARS-CoV-2 Total Ab test can be used manually or on an automated immunoassay platform, such as Bio-Rad’s EVOLIS System, which offers high throughput processing and sample traceability.
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Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of innovative products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. With a focus on quality and customer service for over 65 years, our products advance the discovery process and improve healthcare. Our customers are university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, as well as applied laboratories that include food safety and environmental quality. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is based in Hercules, California, and has a global network of operations with more than 8,100 employees worldwide. Bio-Rad had revenues exceeding $2.3 billion in 2019. For more information, please visit bio-rad.com.
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Tina Cuccia, Corporate Communications