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Novacyt VersaLab Portable

Novacyt has launched VersaLab Portable, an eight-piece portable molecular testing lab in a lightweight carrying case for rapid-turnaround and on-site PCR testing, initially COVID-19 testing. The system includes Novacyt's PROmate rapid direct-to-PCR COVID-19 assay running on the Genesig q16 PCR instrument, which can provide results in under 80 minutes with just a single pipetting step. The portable lab also provides a Bluetooth barcode scanner, adjustable pipette, vortex mixer, sample tube rack, magazine rack, pipette tips, and 8-GB memory stick, according to the company's website. Novacyt said that VersaLab Portable includes all equipment required to provide near-patient PCR testing using the PROmate workflow in non-clinical settings such as offices and workplaces.

The Scan

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