Reliable Results in 39 Minutes

New Rapid Coronavirus Test from the Southwest of Germany

„Bosch” has developed a new rapid test for its Vivalytic analysis device to detect the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. The test provides a reliable result in 39 minutes and is currently the fastest polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test worldwide.

New Rapid Coronavirus Test from the Southwest of Germany  Photo: Bosch
New rapid coronavirus test from the southwest of Germany  Photo: Bosch

“Bosch’s” new rapid test is predestined for decentralized use in mobile test centers at freeway service stations or in airports. People who take the test can obtain a reliable result while at the testing site. Available now in Europe, the CE-approved test helps avoid time in quarantine, relieve laboratories, and make travel and work safer again. “One of the keys to fighting the coronavirus pandemic is to rapidly identify sources of infection. That’s why we focused on following up on our first coronavirus test with an even faster one,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of “Robert Bosch GmbH”. “This will now enable us to put people’s minds at ease even more quickly.”

The development of the new “Bosch PCR singleplex” test in southwest Germany is part of a research and development project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As the federal minister for education and research Anja Karliczek says, “I believe it’s important that people have clarity about their state of health as quickly as possible. In this respect, insights from science and research can bring people huge benefits. Over the next few months, we will be confronted with the particular challenge of having to test more people. The improved testing procedure developed by Bosch with the BMBF’s support has the potential to be a tremendous help with this complex job. The rapid improvement of our technological capabilities shows what innovative achievements German companies can deliver in times of crisis.”

New rapid coronavirus test from the southwest of Germany  Photo: Bosch
New rapid coronavirus test from the southwest of Germany  Photo: Bosch

The test has a sensitivity of 98 percent and a specificity of 100 percent. To develop it, the “Bosch” subsidiary “Bosch Healthcare Solutions” joined forces with the German biotechnology company “R-Biopharm” – a leading provider of highly sensitive manual PCR tests. PCR tests are considered the gold standard of test methods. This happens in Waiblingen near Stuttgart – just a bit more than 40 minutes by car from Karlsruhe!

“Bosch” launched the first rapid test for its Vivalytic analysis device at the end of March, after just six weeks’ development. As a multiplex test, it simultaneously checks samples for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and nine other respiratory diseases in two and a half hours. The new, accelerated test is exclusively for SARS-CoV-2. “With our different coronavirus tests and variable analysis strategies, we open up a range of testing scenarios with a Vivalytic device – from screening all the way to supporting differential diagnosis for diseases with similar symptoms,” says Marc Meier, president of “Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH”. Bosch is working to further reduce time to result.

Infos: The advantages of “Bosch’s” rapid test lie not only in speedy analysis, but also in ease of use. A sample is taken from the patient’s nose or throat using a swab, and placed in the test cartridge. Then the test cartridge, which already contains all the reagents required for the test, is inserted into the Vivalytic device for automated analysis, www.bosch-healthcare.com/en/

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