First Rapid Corona Antigen Test Approved for Clinical Study in Germany

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First Rapid Corona Antigen Test Approved for Clinical Study in Germany

First Rapid Corona Antigen Test Approved for Clinical Study in Germany

MAINZ,?Germany,?Aug. 25, 2020?/PRNewswire/ --?In?June 2020, the health technology company Digital Diagnostics AG from Mainz, applied for approval of the?Digid Cantisense? SARS-CoV-2 test?for?Germany?at the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). BfArM has now permitted the conduct of clinical trials in accordance with Section 20 (1) of the German Medical Devices Act (MPG). Meanwhile, the ethics committee of the Rheinland-Pfalz Medical Association (Landes?rztekammer) has also given a positive vote. Completion of the clinical evaluation of the Digid biosensor and the accompanying reading device is expected in?October 2020. If the results meet expectations, the rapid Cantisense? test shall be approved in short succession. Digital Diagnostics AG will then be able to launch the tests on the market in millions. The company currently develops the necessary production capacities, ready for use in time right after the approval. The leading center to carry out the clinical trials is PF?TZNER Science & Health Institute in Mainz, which works closely with scientists and MDs from corona test centers and clinics throughout?Germany. It is planned to perform the study locally as well as in known German corona hotspots. In the study, patients are tested in parallel with a standard PCR method and with the?Digid Cantisense? SARS-CoV-2 test. Like with all common SARS-CoV-2 determinations, medical staff takes a throat swab from the patient. The sample is analyzed directly on site with the Digid rapid test system and afterwards compared with the result of a PCR test from a reference laboratory to demonstrate the accuracy of the?Digid Cantisense? SARS-CoV-2 test. The design of the study complies with FDA and EU Commission guidelines for?in-vitro?measurement procedures to detect SARS-CoV-2. One key advantage of the?Digid Cantisense? SARS-CoV-2 test?is that it directly detects the presence of the virus in the sample, while other available rapid tests mostly detect antibodies. Patients only develop these antibodies if they have had an infection for several days, a time during which they were contagious and might unknowingly have infected others. With the unique combination of immediate on-site detection of the virus in tested patients, the?Digid Cantisense? SARS-CoV-2 test?is particularly useful to contain the spread of the pandemic and suitable for on-site access control and rapid testing, for example at airports, in hospitals or at large-scale events. Press contact Thomas Huber
semanticom GmbH
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