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2015-07-22

altona Diagnostics Receives Emergency Use Authorization of RealStar® MERS CoV RT-PCR Kit U.S.

The RealStar® MERS-CoV RT-PCR Kit U.S. is a real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test for the in vitro qualitative detection of RNA from MERS-CoV in lower respiratory specimens (tracheal aspirate/tracheal secretions) from individuals with signs and symptoms of infection with MERS-CoV in conjunction with epidemiological risk factors. The RealStar® MERS-CoV RT-PCR Kit U.S. consists of two independent assays, one targeting a region upstream of the E gene (upE) and the other targeting open reading frame 1a (orf1a) of the MERS-CoV genome.  Both assays include a heterologous amplification system (Internal Control) to identify possible RT-PCR inhibition and to confirm the integrity of the reagents of the kit.

2015-07-10

altona Diagnostics GmbH - Letter to the editor/The Lancet

We would like to comment on the article by Broadhurst et al. The authors compared the ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test Kit (Corgenix Inc) with the RealStar® Filovirus Screen RT-PCR Kit 1.0 (altona Diagnostics GmbH) and an in-house developed real-time RT-PCR method referred to as Trombley-assay.

2015-02-25

Detection of drifted Influenza A (H3N2) viruses

The RealStar® Influenza S&T RT-PCR Kit 3.0 and the RealStar® Influenza RT-PCR Kit 1.0 facilitate the detection of the drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses circulating as dominant subtype in the 2014/15 influenza season in Europe:

2014-11-28

First Diagnostic Test for Ebola Accepted by WHO

The RealStar® Ebolavirus RT-PCR Kit 1.0 is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test intended for WHO has accepted the first Ebola in vitro diagnostic for procurement by United Nations and other partners to Ebola affected countries. The product, RealStar® Filovirus Screen RT-PCR Kit 1.0 manufactured by Altona Diagnostics GmbH, was assessed under an emergency quality assessment mechanism established by WHO to address the lack of Ebola tests, and to fast-track countries’ access to reliable testing options.

2014-11-17

altona Diagnostics Receives Emergency Use Authorization of RealStar® Ebolavirus RT-PCR Kit 1.0

The RealStar® Ebolavirus RT-PCR Kit 1.0 is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test intended for the qualitative detection of RNA from Ebolaviruses (such as Zaire ebolavirus, (including the Zaire ebolavirus strain detected in the West Africa outbreak 2014), Sudan ebolavirus, Tai Forest ebolavirus, Bundibugyo ebolavirus, and Reston ebolavirus) on specified instruments in EDTA plasma from individuals with signs and symptoms of Ebolavirus infection in conjunction with clinical and epidemiological risk factors.