Viruses

Foodborne viruses can cause various, sometimes serious conditions. Contamination of foods is usually through infected persons or contaminated waste water. Viruses can not reproduce on food, but small amounts of residing viruses may be sufficient to cause infection.
The standard method for virus detection in food is PCR. BIOTECON Diagnostics offers a norovirus real-time PCR kit specifically for the investigation of food.


microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Screening/Identification Kits

The microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Screening/Identification Kits* are one-step reverse transcription real-time PCR assays intended for the in vitro qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 to support the diagnosis of COVID-19.
The microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Screening Kit detects the E gene (E) for Betacoronavirus, while the microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Identification Kit only targets the SARS-CoV-2 specific RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) gene.
The E gene assay is recommended to screen for SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV and other SARS-related CoVs. The RdRp gene assay is used for the specific confirmation of SARS-CoV-2. For the E gene and RdRp, the fluorescence marker FAM is used, and ROX for the internal control. MS2 DNA or an MS2 phage are included in the kits as internal controls and as process controls.
Patient RNA samples can be extracted and purified using the BIOTECON Diagnostics’ Magnetic Preparation Kit VI from upper and lower respiratory specimen swabs (such as nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal, sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid) obtained from individuals suspected of having respiratory tract infections.

*The microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Screening/Identification Kits, based on the WHO & KCDC reference method and adapted according to the Charité (Berlin, Germany) protocol, are CE-IVD certified for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.

BIOTECON Diagnostics Kit

Available Platforms:

RNA Extraction: Magnetic Preparation Kit VI in combination with RoboPrep® 32 or KingFisher FlexTM.

Kits:

microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Screening Kit
  • Reactions: 96 (480)
  • Target: E-gene for envelope protein of genus Betacoronavirus
  • Product No.: R 302 80 (L)

microproof® SARS-CoV-2 Identification Kit
  • Reactions: 96 (480)
  • Target: SARS-CoV-2 RdRp gene
  • Product No.: R 302 81 (L)

Matrix:

  • Clinical specimens, including upper and lower respiratory specimens (such as nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs, sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid) obtained from individuals suspected of respiratory tract infections.