QuantuMDx, a UK-based developer of point-of-care diagnostics, has launched its new respiratory panel test; Q-POC SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B & RSV Assay.
The Q-POC respiratory panel test builds on the Q-POC SARS-CoV-2 test launched in 2021, substantially expanding the Q-POC platform and its multiplex capabilities and providing customers with rapid, point of care testing in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
The Q-POC SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B & RSV Assay has been designed with the most up to date information on sequences of SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B & RSV, to ensure coverage of all known sequences present in publicly available databases.
The PCR Respiratory Panel will provide a differential diagnosis and enable triage and effective treatment strategies, particularly in at-risk groups of patients, in approximately 30 minutes at the Point of Need. Flu, RSV and SARS-CoV-2 therapies are specific to the disease-causing virus and therefore identification of each individual pathogen is required. Early identification of co-infection is particularly important in at risk groups or can help to shorten treatment and hospital stays which also leads to lower overall costs.
This assay is the latest expansion of QuantuMDx’s Q-POC platform test menu, further demonstrating its multiplexing capability. Future evolution of the Q-POC platform will include a microarray to further expand its multiplexing capabilities for large syndromic panels and antimicrobial resistance mutation panels.
Jonathan O’Halloran, chief executive officer, QuantuMDx, said: “The recent COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for rapid high quality PCR panels to accurately diagnose infectious diseases and so I am pleased to announce the launch of this new QuantuMDx PCR respiratory panel today.
“The panel, which can detect SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B and RSV at the point of need, is capable of returning accurate test results in approximately 30 minutes. The system offers a simple one sample, one test process, run on the portable Q-POC platform, which can be operated by any healthcare professional after basic training, differentiating it from many competitor models on the market.
“With the coming winter likely to bring parallel pressure from these viruses, on-demand rapid accurate PCR testing offered by this new assay on the Q-POC platform has the potential to provide clinicians with an optimum solution for respiratory infection control.
“At QuantuMDx, we are committed to making transformative, quality diagnostic technologies accessible to everyone, so that diseases can be detected and treated earlier. The launch of this new assay is an exemplar of our strategy to create multiplex, rapid syndromic panel tests, at the point of need and is credit to the incredible team at QuantuMDx. I look forward to continuing to work with them as we continue to add to our menu of tests for Q-POC and deliver some truly disruptive multiplex tests for the point of need in minutes.”