Luminex announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its ARIES SARS-CoV-2 Assay for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19. The assay runs on the ARIES System, an FDA-cleared, sample-to-answer, automated, on-demand molecular diagnostic platform. The system is capable of running up to 144 tests in a day, requiring no specialty training and minimal human interaction.
“The ARIES SARS-CoV-2 Assay will allow hospital professionals to determine the appropriate course of treatment for patients suspected of having COVID-19 within approximately two hours,” said Nachum “Homi” Shamir, president and chief executive officer of Luminex. “We are grateful to the FDA for this Emergency Use Authorization, which allows us to bring another cost-effective SARS-CoV-2 test from Luminex to labs and patients in dire need of quick, accurate results. We are scaling up production of this assay over the next three weeks to support hundreds of labs across the US and the rest of the globe. These labs are already operating the ARIES System and should be able to get up and running very quickly as we make this test broadly available.”
Luminex also launched the NxTAG CoV Extended Panel last week after receiving an EUA from the US FDA and Medical Device Authorization for importation or sale for Health Canada. The panel is a high-throughput, scalable, cost-effective option for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in as many as 96 samples in approximately four hours. To provide a complete picture of a patient’s respiratory health, the NxTAG CoV Extended Panel can also be run in parallel with the NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel.
Luminex is actively supporting laboratories in the US, Asia, and Europe with their testing, and the company has expanded its manufacturing capacity to produce up to 200,000 ARIES SARS-CoV-2 tests in a month, in addition to 300,000 NxTAG tests every month, with the majority of this capacity focused on SARS-CoV-2.
The NxTAG CoV Extended Panel and the ARIES SARS-CoV-2 Assay have each been funded with US $ 642,450 of Federal funds, approximately 36% each of the expected overall cost of development, from the Department of Health and Human Services; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Division of Research Innovation and Ventures under Contract Nos. 75A50120C00037 (NxTAG CoV Extended Panel) and 75A50120C00043 (ARIES SARS-CoV-2 Assay). Luminex financed the remaining US $1,118,663 of each program, constituting 64% each of the total program costs.