Phosphorus, a genomics firm headquartered in New York City and New Jersey, announced today that it has created two COVID-19 tests that are currently available for home delivery in the NYC metropolitan area through its in-home provider testing service. Tests are available for online order and are administered by a licensed healthcare provider at home. In-home test kits will soon be available for delivery outside of the New York Metropolitan area.
Phosphorus is offering two COVID-19 tests: a viral test to detect current infections as well as an antibody test to identify recent or past infections.
The first is a saliva-based test, a simple collection method in comparison to the prevalent swab-based ones administered in clinical settings. The second, an antibody test, can be performed on a routine blood sample.
"Both viral and antibody testing are crucial to understanding and containing COVID-19, as well as resuming normal daily activities," said Alexander Bisignano, co-founder and CEO of Phosphorus. "And yet, both tests continue to have limited accessibility through traditional clinical settings. We are taking the extra steps to meet the demand by creating tests that are sent directly to peoples' homes, while also ensuring great care by providing oversight by a healthcare professional who will also come to the home."
To order the tests, consumers must take the following steps:
Phosphorus testing protocols use the strictest standards to ensure the most accurate and reliable test results, including having conducted clinical studies above the baseline requirements issued by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The company is in full compliance with FDA Guidelines for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 during a Public Health Emergency and submitted validation data under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority. The tests were developed at Phosphorus' CLIA laboratory in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Phosphorus provides highly accurate genomics tests using next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies to healthcare providers and hospitals. The Phosphorus laboratory is CLIA and CAP certified and licensed for testing in all 50 states. It has re-oriented its operations to focus on COVID-19 testing in order to bring its sensitive testing methodologies and extensive experience in genomics to this public health crisis.
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