BARDA and Luminex Corporation collaborate on a single, rapid diagnostic test to distinguish coronavirus from influenza and RSV infections

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BARDA will provide advanced development support to Luminex Corporation for a single test to detect COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Luminex Corporation recognizes the need for detecting and distinguishing these most prevalent pathogens with overlapping symptoms. The TaqMan®-based ARIES® Flu A/B & RSV+SARS-CoV-2 Assay will maximize the benefits from two existing assays (ARIES® SARS-CoV-2 and ARIES® Flu A/B & RSV), and will offer independent results for all four targets on the panel.

BARDA continues to work with its industry partners to develop COVID-19 diagnostic tests. This is the eleventh COVID-19 combination diagnostic test to receive BARDA support. This funding from BARDA will support the development efforts required for Luminex Corporation to submit a request to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the ARIES® Flu A/B & RSV+SARS-CoV-2 Assay, and to seek 510(k) clearance for this combination test.

The test will provide molecular test results in approximately two hours using the FDA-cleared ARIES molecular diagnostic system, which is already in use for the FDA 510(k) cleared ARIES Flu A / Flu B / RSV tests as well as the FDA EUA ARIES SARS-CoV-2 test. Combining assays for Flu A / Flu B / RSV and SARS-CoV-2 into a single test will allow health care providers to rapidly distinguish influenza from SARS-CoV-2 using a single nasopharyngeal swab sample for each patient and facilitate proper treatment.

About Luminex Corporation:

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Luminex Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets biological testing technologies in the clinical diagnostic and life science industries. The company has developed the ARIES System, a sample-to-answer, 6-color, real-time PCR instrument for use in moderate-complexity laboratories. ARIES assays require little training, take less than 5 minutes of hands-on time, and produce results in approximately two hours. ARIES Systems are installed in more than 200 U.S. healthcare facilities. To learn more about Luminex, please visit

Last Updated: February 19, 2021

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