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IDT announces expansion of coronavirus products, begins accepting pre-orders for new COVID-19 primer-probe panel in ratios set forth in WHO-Charité/Berlin test

Apr 14, 2020
IDT’s new panel includes the Iowa Black-ZEN quencher probe technology recently approved for use in existing CDC EUA testing protocol

CORALVILLE, IA (April 15, 2020) – Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), a leading comprehensive genomics solutions provider, announced a significant expansion of its coronavirus product line with the addition of primer-probe kits equivalent to the primer and probe ratios described in the WHO-Charité/Berlin (“WHO”) panel. IDT is now accepting pre-orders for these qPCR primers and probes kits, which will be available for shipping to laboratories globally within the next several days. 

IDT has already produced primer and probe kits sufficient to enable approximately 23 million tests to be conducted in the U.S. pursuant to the CDC EUA testing protocol. IDT will continue to produce primer and probe kits to be used in the CDC EUA testing protocol.

The WHO panel is a common name for the COVID-19 test developed at Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany, one of Europe's largest university hospitals, for the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO panel contains assays for detection of the RdRp and E genes to enable specific detection of the COVID-19 sequence. The WHO testing protocol has been used more routinely in Europe and Asia than in the U.S., where the CDC testing protocol is approved for use in COVID-19 testing by the FDA’s EUA. IDT has seen an increased demand in custom orders for primers and probes matching the requirements set out in the WHO panel and is now offering these to global customers with short turnaround times.

IDT makes a kit containing DNA primers and probes in equivalent ratios described in the WHO-Charité/Berlin panel that are designed to amplify and detect the presence of specific viral RNA in a patient sample, in this case, sequences that are specific to COVID-19 coronaviruses. If a patient sample contains COVID-19 coronaviruses, the DNA primers will amplify those virally derived DNA sequences, and the DNA probes will fluoresce. IDT makes primers and probes for these types of applications in our GMP-compliant facility, specifically in clean rooms designed to prevent synthetic template contamination to ensure high product integrity and performance.

The panels will have the same level of product integrity and performance that the company successfully brought to the manufacture of the primer and probe kits authorized for use with the CDC EUA testing protocol used in the U.S. IDT’s large-scale manufacturing capabilities will allow it to meet global needs over the coming weeks and months. Requests for pre-orders for the kit can be sent to IDT’s dedicated email address IDT’s service and scientific application support teams will address inquiries and guide customers through the process. 

“The addition of these primer-probe panels in the ratios described in the WHO-Charité/Berlin (“WHO”) panel to IDT’s coronavirus product offerings will allow IDT to expand our support of the global response to COVID-19,” said Trey Martin, President of IDT. “We are proud to leverage IDT’s ability to make reliable, accurate probes and primers in clean rooms designed to prevent synthetic template contamination under GMP and ISO 13485:2016 compliant standards, and hope to contribute to more testing across the world in the face of this pandemic.” 

Additionally, IDT will be introducing a new 1,000 reaction-size kit for use in the CDC EUA testing protocol, which will incorporate probes with Iowa Black-ZEN quenchers. The Iowa Black-ZEN technology recently was approved for use in the CDC protocol as an equivalent alternative to the quenchers used in the original CDC test panel publication.  

More information about IDT’s efforts to fight against COVID-19 can be found here.    

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About IDT
Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT)
develops, manufactures, and markets nucleic acid products for the life sciences industry in the areas of academic and commercial research, agriculture, medical diagnostics, and pharmaceutical development. IDT has developed proprietary technologies for genomics applications such as next generation sequencing, CRISPR genome editing, synthetic biology, digital PCR, and RNA interference. Through its GMP services, IDT manufactures products used by researchers in diagnostic tests for many forms of cancer and most inherited and infectious diseases. IDT is widely recognized as the industry leader in custom nucleic acid manufacture, serving more than 130,000 life sciences researchers. IDT was founded in 1987 and has its manufacturing headquarters in Coralville, Iowa, USA, with additional manufacturing sites in San Diego, California; Leuven, Belgium; and Singapore.

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