Cambridge, United Kingdom, May 18 2022 – Diagnostics for the Real World Ltd (DRW), innovator of the SAMBA platform for rapid point-of-care detection of infectious diseases, today announces that it has achieved UK technical validation for two multiplex respiratory virus tests (SARS-CoV-2/FluA/FluB and SARS-CoV-2/RSV) that deliver a vital tool for NHS care teams. The new combined tests enable clinicians to rapidly detect and differentiate between coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – boosting infection control in hospitals, optimising patient management and speeding access to urgent care services, including emergency surgery. The Technical Validation Group (TVG) confirmed that both new assays meet the diagnostic performance criteria for both sensitivity and specificity. This is the classification with the highest level of performance, requiring no confirmatory testing. Further data has also been submitted for the purpose of the fulfilling the UKHSA’s new criteria through the Coronavirus Test Device Approvals desktop review.
Dr Ravi Gupta – Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease – led the initial validation of the SAMBA II SARS-CoV-2 rapid point-of-care test at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 2020, demonstrating that the SAMBA system was able to deliver highly accurate results ten times faster than other diagnostic tools. Commenting on the launch of DRW’s two new multiplex tests running on the SAMBA platform, he said: “With COVID remaining an ongoing challenge, prompt differential diagnosis of respiratory viruses continues to be extremely important for effectively managing patient care pathways and workflows in hospitals – from reducing the requirement for COVID ‘holding areas’ on admission and enabling faster triage, to freeing up much-needed beds on wards and allowing safe discharge to out-of-hospital settings, including to care homes. DRW’s new multiplex tests will be welcomed by clinicians as a key tool to help speed access to urgent care, crucially emergency surgery and transplantation, where delays and co-infections can have very significant adverse impacts.”
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UK Health Security Agency technical validation report for SAMBA II SARS-CoV-2/FluA/FluB test
UK Health Security Agency Technical validation report for SAMBA II SARS-CoV-2/RSV test
Published paper: Point of Care Nucleic Acid Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Hospitalized Patients: A Clinical Validation Trial and Implementation Study (Cell Reports Medicine
Volume 1, Issue 5, 25 August 2020): https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666379120300781
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Diagnostics for the Real World Ltd (DRW) is the innovator of the Simple AMplification-Based Assay (SAMBA) platform for rapid point-of-care detection of infectious diseases – the simplest and most robust molecular diagnostic systems available today. DRW’s vision began in serving the large, unmet need for near-patient diagnostics in resource-limited regions of the world, pioneering innovative, high-performance, easy to use solutions that work in “real world” settings and supporting clinical services for people in real need. Today, DRW’s mission has expanded to meeting growing healthcare needs across the globe, delivering the advantages of decentralised point of care testing and treatment monitoring whenever and wherever they are needed most.
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