Canon Medical to commence development of a rapid genetic testing system for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – DOTmed HealthCare Business News

Posted: February 29, 2020 at 8:41 am

Ohtawara, Japan; February 27, 2020 - Canon Medical Systems Corporation (Canon Medical) announces the start of development of a rapid genetic testing system for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reaffirming the companys commitment to the basic research and development of rapid diagnostic test kits. This project is part of a research program focusing on the development of diagnostic methods for COVID-19 led by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).1)

Canon Medical was selected to participate in this research program in cooperation with Nagasaki University. This was in recognition of Canon Medicals strength in leveraging the companys technologies in delivering practical solutions to support medical emergencies, notably by supplying Ebola rapid test kits to the Republic of Guinea in 2015,2) donating Ebola rapid test kits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019, and through the manufacturing approval and sale of the Genelyzer KIT (a reagent kit for Zika virus RNA testing) in 2018.3)

The test and the reagents developed for COVID-19 RNA testing is based on the LAMP method4) developed by Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd., and are used with a compact isothermal amplified gene fluorescent detector manufactured by Canon Medical to detect the presence of virus. Compared to the conventional test method of real-time PCR, the LAMP method allows for detection of the virus to be performed more easily and quickly, which makes it suitable for testing in local areas where infection is prevalent.

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About Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc., headquartered in Tustin, Calif., markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and interventional X-ray equipment. For more information, visit Canon Medical Systems website at https://us.medical.canon.

About Canon Medical Systems CorporationCanon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including CT, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Vascular and MR, as well as a full suite of Healthcare IT solutions, across the globe. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide. Our goal is to deliver optimum health opportunities for patients through uncompromised performance, comfort and safety features.

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