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FDA Further Expands EUA for Thermo Fisher Scientific's COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

publication date: May 15, 2020
author/source: Thermo Fisher Scientific


Authorization brings more instruments on line, enables workflow flexibility and simplifies methods to increase throughput and allow more labs to run tests

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO), the world leader in serving science, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has further expanded emergency use authorization (EUA) for its multiplex real-time PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS?CoV?2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

"Increasing COVID-19 testing is a top priority in re-opening global economies," said Marc N. Casper, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. "With this expanded authorization, additional instrumentation can be brought on line in labs around the world and the number of tests they can run will increase, which will help to support the need for more testing as people start returning to work."

Thermo Fisher's Applied Biosystems TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit, initially granted EUA on March 13 and subsequently expanded on April 20, is designed to deliver test results within four hours of a sample being received and processed by a CLIA high-complexity laboratory. This third expansion further increases the number of high-throughput PCR instruments that labs can use to run tests and also provides new options for reagents and consumables used in sample preparation and extraction to provide greater flexibility in testing workflows.

In addition to the previously approved Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-time PCR series and a version of the Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 5, labs can now run tests on specific configurations of QuantStudio 7 Flex and QuantStudio 5 Real?time PCR instruments, contributing significantly to the number of instruments available for testing.

This expanded EUA also increases the availability of RNA extraction reagents by adding the company's MagMAX viral/pathogen II nucleic isolation kit as an alternative. Additionally, the sample purification step has been updated to allow a variety of microplate options.

For details regarding the specific additions to the EUA, including simplified workflows and updated COVID-19 Interpretive Software, visit

TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit has not been FDA cleared or approved and is only authorized for the duration of the EUA granted under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.


About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them. Our global team of more than 75,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon.


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