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COVID-19 Sample Testing

Molecular Testing

Since BioPharma Diagnostics uses a common code for COVID-19 testing, can I direct my samples for testing to a specific platform? Or will the samples be tested by a mix of platforms?

At this time, testing can only be directed to the Roche 6800/8800 platform. If a common code is used, the results are reported with a comment stating the platform and reagents used.


Can I obtain cycle threshold (Ct) values with the results?

Yes.


Does BioPharma Diagnostics offer a test for COVID-19 viral load?

Yes. Testing is by Bio-Rad Laboratories for SARS-CoV-2 on the QX200 and QXDx Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) Systems. This is a quantitative test.


Serology Testing

What antibody type is measured? What is the antibody directed toward?

The Ortho Clinical Diagnostics assay is an IgG directed toward the SARS-CoV-2-spike protein.


Does BioPharma Diagnostics offer a quantitative serology test?

No. However, a signal-to-cutoff (S/Co) ratio can be provided as a semi-quantitative value for an additional fee.


What other serology tests are available?

BioPharma Diagnostics has a qualitative serology antibody test that is total antibody and directed toward the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein. This test is performed using the Roche Elecsys platform.