Menarini Diagnositcs PCR kit identifies Omicron variant

Menarini Diagnositcs PCR kit identifies Omicron variant

It provides Covid-19 detection and Omicron surveillance in less than two hours

  • By IPP Bureau | January 18, 2022

Menarini Diagnostics is now offering CoronaMeltVAR, a CE-IVD Real-Time PCR kit based on intercalating dye and melting curve analysis. The kit detects positive samples with high sensitivity, through the amplification of two targets, both compatible with all variants and with the wild type form, simultaneously revealing with distinct signals the suspect presence of Omicron Variant BA.1, BA.2, as well as Alpha, Beta/Gamma and WT/Delta.

All responses are obtained in a single run on each sample, with no loss of sensitivity compared to normal kits and without the need to perform a second reflex test on positive samples. The kit is compatible with most RNA extraction protocols and Real-Time PCR instruments capable of performing melting curve analysis at moderate resolution. CoronaMeltVAR provides SARS CoV-2 CE IVD detection and Omicron surveillance in less than 2 hours.

"We are extremely proud to have made this unique solution available so quickly. It is helping healthcare professionals in providing a specific, rapid and accurate solution for the diagnosis and identification of Covid-19 Omicron variant", said Fabio Piazzalunga, General Manager & Global Head of A.Menarini Diagnostics and Chairman/CEO of Menarini Silicon Biosystems.

A.Menarini Diagnostics is part of the Menarini Pharmaceutical Group, founded in 1886. Today it is present in 140 countries throughout the world, it counts more than 17,000 employees and has a 2020 turnover of € 3.750 billion.


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