Bruker-Novacyt, PerkinElmer launch COVID-19 diagnostics; plus Nuclein speeds development of at-home test

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New COVID-19 diagnostics were launched in Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, while another company is speeding up development of an at-home PCR test.

Bruker Corp. (NASDAQ:BRKR) announced the European launch of a COVID-19 test from Primerdesign Ltd., a Novacyt S.A. (LSE:NCYT; Euronext:ALNOV) subsidiary. The real-time PCR test from Primerdesign’s genesig platform is to be used in conjunction with the GenoXtract automated genome extraction device and associated kits from Bruker subsidiary Bruker-Hain Diagnostics. Bruker has distribution rights for the PCR test, which has a CE-IVD mark.

Stateside, FDA granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to PerkinElmer Inc. (NYSE:PKI) for its New Coronavirus RT-PCR test. CLIA-certified labs may run the test.

Additionally, Nuclein LLC announced plans to accelerate development and commercialization of its at-home Hand-Held PCR Test, which would give results within one hour. The company plans to launch the test by fall 2020.

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