BIOFIRE® Respiratory Panel 2.1 plus with SARS-CoV-2 is CE marked

15 July, 2020

bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, today announced that the BIOFIRE® Respiratory Panel 2.1 plus (RP2.1plus) is CE marked. The BIOFIRE® Respiratory Panel 2.1 plus (RP2.1plus) tests for 23 pathogens (19 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, and 4 bacteria) responsible for the most frequent respiratory tract infections. It will be commercially available in all countries that recognize CE marking from now on or shortly thereafter.

The BIOFIRE® RP2.1plus advances the existing BIOFIRE® Respiratory Panel 2 plus (RP2plus) by adding SARS-CoV-2 to the panel menu while maintaining an assay runtime of about 45 minutes. The BIOFIRE® RP2.1plus panel also includes an assay for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This new panel allows healthcare providers to quickly identify patients with common respiratory pathogens and differentiate those with COVID-19, using one single test. The BIOFIRE® RP2.1plus runs on the fully automated BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® 2.0 and BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH systems and is extremely easy to use.

The availability of BIOFIRE® RP2.1plus in all countries recognizing CE marking represents a global syndromic response to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pierre Boulud, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations at bioMérieux. “With increasing reagent production capacity and an installed base of more than 14 000 BIOFIRE® units throughout the world, BIOFIRE® RP2.1plus will play a key role now and in the upcoming respiratory season as healthcare providers face the regular group of respiratory pathogens as well as SARS-CoV-2”, he added.

The BIOFIRE® RP2.1plus Panel is part of a suite of products in response to the COVID - 19 pandemic. The ARGENE® SARS-CoV-2 R-GENE® was launched in March 2020, followed by the U.S. FDA EUA cleared BIOFIRE® RP2.1 panel and the VIDAS® anti-SARS- CoV-2 IgM and anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG tests. These complementary tests help meet the varying needs of bioMérieux’s diverse customers and patients throughout the world.

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