EKF Diagnostics has launched a PrimeStore MTM pattern assortment package. This new package permits assortment, transportation and dealing with of pathogenic samples, together with COVID-19 and influenza.
Two package configurations at the moment are obtainable: a postal pattern package ultimate for house use and a multi-pack of pattern kits appropriate for on-site mass sampling. To fulfill rising demand for this pattern assortment gadget, EKF has elevated its manufacturing capability within the UK and mainland Europe.
Pathogenic samples saved within the FDA-cleared, CE-IVD marked PrimeStore MTM novel viral transport media, together with SARS-CoV-2, are inactivated inside minutes of assortment. This permits samples to be transported safely by means of the postal system or by way of courier and complies with UN3373 packaging laws. Moreover, as samples are secure in PrimeStore MTM for seven days at ambient temperatures, this removes the necessity for all chilly chain logistics throughout pattern assortment, transportation and storage. Thereby, stopping mishandled samples and making postal assortment a sensible possibility.
A number of nucleic acid species could be examined from one pattern as RNA and DNA are preserved and stabilised by PrimeStore MTM for downstream molecular functions. As a result of PrimeStore MTM completely inactivates SARS-CoV-2, as demonstrated by a latest Public Well being England analysis research, the danger of an infection to lab workers from samples is eradicated. Which means samples should not solely protected throughout transportation, but additionally prepared for quick protected testing at a laboratory without having for containment.
The brand new pattern assortment package pairs PrimeStore molecular transport media in a cryovial with a sterile flocked swab (for nasal and oral sampling) in a CE marked package, which additionally features a UN3373 95kPa compliant specimen assortment bag, absorbent pad and directions to be used. As well as, the postal pattern assortment package features a UN3373 compliant postal field with safety seal for pattern return and postal pouch for assortment package supply.
As a result of present COVID-19 pandemic, EKF has obtained plenty of new orders for PrimeStore MTM pattern assortment units; together with preliminary orders from two new clients, the Well being Service Government (HSE), Eire and a nationwide well being physique in England. These add to the rising demand for PrimeStore from healthcare, schooling and business to produce protected pattern assortment kits for COVID-19 testing programmes.
To make sure that it will possibly fulfil the growing orders for PrimeStore MTM and the brand new pattern assortment package, EKF is ramping up manufacture within the UK and likewise mainland Europe. The corporate has now began manufacturing at its amenities in Barleben, Germany, and can quickly be transferring its present Penarth-based manufacturing traces in Wales to a brand new bigger facility in Llandough, Cardiff.