Mammoth Biosciences and Agilent partner on CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic

Mammoth Biosciences has announced an agreement with Agilent Technologies to support the anticipated launch of a complete CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic solution comprising Agilent’s Bravo automation workstation and Mammoth Biosciences’ DETECTR BOOSTTM assay.

Together, the DETECTR BOOSTTM SARS-CoV-2 kit and Agilent automated liquid handling system would provide a complete workflow for high-throughput COVID-19 testing – a turnkey, sample-to-answer solution for commercial laboratories that enables a multi-fold increase in testing capacity compared to most currently available solutions, while ensuring highly accurate and sensitive results required for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing.

The assay and automation solution will leverage Agilent’s Bravo Liquid Handling System, including the Bravo BenchCel DB Workstation and BioTek plate readers, predicted to deliver a workflow capable of performing over 4,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

“Mammoth’s mission is to address challenges across healthcare by harnessing the full potential of the CRISPR platform to read and write the code of life,” said Trevor Martin, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Mammoth Biosciences. “This partnership will help address the need for more widespread testing options for COVID-19, helping to fill the gap in the market as testing labs run into supply issues or reach capacity.”

“A highly-automated workstation for SARS-CoV-2 testing provides the capacity needed to bring routine, robust testing to the broader market,” said David Edwards, associate vice president for marketing in the Agilent mass spectrometry division. “By partnering with Mammoth Biosciences, we will be able to provide a simplified workflow that addresses the specific needs of high-throughput clinical testing laboratories. Agilent is honored to contribute in the fight to curtail the impact of COVID-19 alongside the global scientific community.”



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