Introducing REDx SARS-CoV-2 Swabs and Vials
ISO 15189 guidance on Quality Management Systems discusses the use of process controls beyond the manufacturer’s internal controls to ensure the validity of test results. This can be particularly important in the current environment, when the false-positive rate of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests is near 20%. We have partnered with Microbix in Canada to provide whole-genome REDx SARS-CoV-2 Swabs and vials that can validate your elution (swab only), extraction, amplification, and detection steps of molecular testing.
MUCOSOL™ for Lower Respiratory COVID-19 Testing
Johns Hopkins and other leading clinical laboratories have been using MUCOSOL (concentrated dithiothreitol solution) to liquefy lower respiratory specimens prior to nucleic acid extraction for molecular COVID-19 testing.
Coming Soon! QC1™ in September: New QC1 Malaria Slides and Improved Packaging
For years, our customers have been asking for Malaria or blood parasite quality control slides. We are happy to announce our new QC1 Malaria Slides! These methanol fixed slides will contain smears of red blood cells infected with Plasmodium falciparum and are compatible with traditional Giemsa, Wright’s, and Field stains.
In the next few months, you may also see something different about our QC1 Quality Control slides – new pouch packaging! We are changing from foil pouches to a transparent pouch so you can see at a glance the type of slide you are reaching for. We have also increased the pouch label size for better visibility. New packaging, same high-quality, easy-to-use slides that you have come to rely on. Simply open and stain!
What’s next on the Horizon at Alpha-Tec Systems?
Coming Soon: VTM (Viral Transport Medium)
We are aware of global shortages of viral transport media due to the coronavirus outbreak. In response, we will begin producing 3 ml transport vials of VTM (Viral Transport Medium) that consists of Hanks’ Balanced Salt Solution enriched with fetal bovine serum as well as antibiotics and antimycotics. VTM is manufactured according to the CDC SOP# DSR-052-03 and is designed for the preservation and transport of viruses from clinical patient specimens.
In addition, as a manufacturer in the chemistries and proteins space, our sister companies in Calibre Scientific are producing other products in short supply like RNA lysis buffers and full-length SARS-CoV-2 Spike proteins for use in research and kit manufacturing. We welcome inquiries into any of these types of solutions.
Trusted Products Still Here and in High Demand
Understandably, the focus of clinical laboratories is currently on COVID-19. We are always available as your reliable source for your mycobacteriology and parasitology needs. To find information about your favorite products, or maybe some new ones that you have not tried yet, our website is always open: www.AlphaTecSystems.com.