BioDot Accelerates Manufacturing to Help Customers Meet Global COVID-19 Testing Demand
Automated “lateral flow” dispensing technology is vital step in rapid point-of-care antibody test production
IRVINE, Calif. – (May 27, 2020) – To support increasing demand globally for COVID-19 testing, BioDot has compressed production times for most new lateral flow dispensing platforms from months to four to six weeks. Each platform, or “work cell,” which dispenses highly precise volumes of specialized reagents for detecting COVID-19 antibodies, can enable production of one million point-of-care tests per week.
BioDot is operating 7 days a week to meet demand from global diagnostics manufacturers, including contract development manufacturing organizations. Worldwide, more than 50 companies are producing or developing COVID-19 antibody tests using BioDot technology.
“No company or government could have prepared for the mobilization required for this pandemic, but our employees and supply chain partners rose quickly to meet the challenge,” said Anthony V. Lemmo, Ph.D., BioDot CEO. “We’re honored to join hundreds of companies up and down the supply chain for diagnostics, therapies and vaccines who are pushing the limits of what’s possible to stem the spread of the virus.”
Lateral flow tests for COVID-19 can detect virus antibodies in blood (IgG, IgM or both). A patient’s blood sample is placed onto a pad on the test device, onto which a BioDot work cell has previously dispensed a specific sequence of reagents and controls. While clinicians wait, roughly 15 minutes, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in the sample will attach to test lines and present a positive or negative result visually or through a reader.
BioDot’s automated dispensing platforms are used by diagnostics manufacturers to produce high-quality COVID-19 tests rapidly and at a scale, and these companies are responsible for regulatory approvals and distribution to the point of care.
BioDot is the leading provider of automated, ultralow-volume, non-contact fluid dispensing platforms for R&D applications and commercial-scale manufacturing across diagnostics and life sciences, medical products and applied industrial markets. Its technologies are integral to production of point-of-care diagnostics for infectious diseases, allergy tests and diabetes maintenance as well as veterinary medicine and environmental applications. BioDot, founded in 1994, is based in Irvine, Calif. and has international offices in Europe and Asia.