ENZO BIOCHEM RECEIVES FDA EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION FOR TESTING POOLED SAMPLES ON THREE PLATFORMS INCLUDING COMPANY’S GENFLEX PROPRIETARY SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF CORONAVIRUS SARS-CoV-2
- Use of pooled sampling with Enzo’s molecular diagnostic technology can help rapidly expand the number of people tested for COVID-19 -
NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE:ENZ) (“Enzo” or “The Company”), a leading biosciences and diagnostics company, announced today that it has received an expansion of its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizing the use of pooled samples containing up to five individual swab specimens with the Company’s AMPIPROBE SARS-Cov-2 Test System utilizing tests on three different platforms including Enzo’s proprietary GENFLEX automated high-throughput platform.
“This expansion of the EUA to include pooled samples can rapidly expand testing capacity based on ENZO’s proven, reliable and sensitive PCR-based molecular test for SARS-Cov-2,” said Elazar Rabbani, Ph.D., Enzo CEO. “Access to testing remains a challenge in many states and the introduction of a new and more easily transmissible variant of COVID-19 is likely to increase demand for testing services in the year ahead despite the introduction of multiple vaccines.”
Pooling samples involves qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in up to five individual upper respiratory swab specimens collected in separate vials containing transport media from individuals that healthcare providers consider to be suspected of COVID-19 infection. Samples can include nasal, mid-turbinate, nasopharyngeal, or oropharyngeal swabs. The now authorized “pooled” approach significantly increases the number of individuals who can be tested with available testing resources.
In its letter of authorization dated December 30, 2020, the FDA stated that the AMPIPROBE SARS-Cov-2 Test System is authorized under EUA and the “product described in the Scope of Authorization of this letter (Section II) meets the criteria set forth in Section 564(c) of the (Federal, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic) Act concerning safety and potential effectiveness.”
“Expansion of our EUA is another reflection of the proven accuracy and safety in Enzo’s AMPIPROBE SARS-Cov-2 Test System,” Dr. Rabbani noted. “This option immediately positions labs to expand capacity and meet expected significantly rising demand for testing services for COVID-19.”
About Enzo Biochem
Enzo Biochem is a pioneer in molecular diagnostics, leading the convergence of clinical laboratories, life sciences and intellectual property through the development of unique diagnostic platform technologies that provide numerous advantages over previous standards. A global company, Enzo Biochem utilizes cross-functional teams to develop and deploy products, systems and services that meet the ever-changing and rapidly growing needs of health care today and into the future. Underpinning Enzo Biochem’s products and technologies is a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio, with patent coverage across a number of key enabling technologies.
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