Eastern Iowa Company to Start Producing Millions of COVID-19 Testing Kits This Week
Some good news coming out of Coralville, Iowa.
KCRG reports that the CDC has approved Eastern-Iowa based company Integrated DNA Technologies to create primer and probe kits to test for the novel coronavirus.
“We are honored to be the first company in the nation to have our primer and probe kits approved by the CDC for use as a key component of the CDC EUA testing protocol for the diagnosis and detection of COVID-19,” said IDT President Trey Martin.
The company is expected to create 5 million tests per week, starting with this week.
“We continue to scale production to meet demand and we are in close communication with the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IDT will also continue to supply its key component to laboratories, which may assist them in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine,” Martin added.
IDT has recently created tests for the Zika virus, H1N1, and Ebola that have all been successful.