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UP-developed COVID-19 test kit
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Re: UP-developed COVID-19 test kit
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2020, 10:10:52 PM »
https://www.up.edu.ph/the-philippine-genome-center-stockpiling-for-covid-19/

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The Philippine Genome Center: Stockpiling for COVID-19
March 10, 2020

The GenAmplify Corona Virus Disease-2019 rRT PCR Detection Kit was the product of several days and hours of intensive research and testing by experts from the University who built upon the genome sequence of COVID-19, made available by the World Health Organization on its website.

According to PGC Executive Director Cynthia Palmes-Saloma, the kit was made possible after genetic experts from others countries used Next Generation DNA Sequencing in trying to understand the nature of the COVID-19 virus. Among the facilities of the center is its DNA Sequencing Laboratory which was established in 2013.

DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is the building block of every living being.  These molecules contain the genetic makeup of an organism, it is composed of nucleotides guanine, cytosine, thymine and adenine (G-C-T-A). Sequencing is the process of determining the order of the nucleotides in a DNA.

For the molecular biologist, Dr. Saloma, Next Generation Sequencing is essential in understanding the nature of living things, including viruses and bacteria. And it can even be used to determine the identity and properties of unknown organisms. “If there’s an emergency and there’s a totally unknown organism, and some might say that it’s a virus, it’s bacteria, or it’s an unknown, then Next Generation Sequencing will come in handy,” she said. The same process, she quickly added, was used in understanding the Novel Coronavirus from Wuhan, China.

Next Generation Sequencing, also known as Massive Parallel Sequencing, is a process by which several DNA samples can be simultaneously sequenced using computers, which produces more results when compared to the Sanger Sequencing, which can only process one DNA fragment at a time.

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The Philippine Genome Center: Stockpiling for COVID-19
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Re: UP-developed COVID-19 test kit
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2020, 10:14:30 PM »
https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/7/UP-COVID-test-kits-what-you-need-to-know.html?fbclid=IwAR0RWflvIDnusdmitiWr2jm3gHwqdO_eMzBUppQsv32QKqRuFIgSlRWQbis

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What you need to know about the UP-developed coronavirus test kits
Published Apr 7, 2020 4:48:04 PM

The product— just like the other approved imported test kits— is seen to expedite the process and turnaround period for COVID-19 testing in the Philippines, which has recorded over 3,600 cases of the disease as of Monday.

But how does the local-made test kit differ from the other rapid test kits and previous tests?

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Real time PCR technology

The product features a PCR technology, which identifies the Ribonucleic acid (RNA) of the virus in a rapid speed until it is detected by a computer.

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A Manila Healthek Inc. staff shows the COVID-19 test kit developed by experts from the Philippine Genome Center and the National institute of Health of the University of the Philippines- Manila at press conference at the University of the Philippines Diliman. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

Meet the UP microbiologist behind the locally-produced coronavirus test kits
Published April 6, 2020, 12:00 AM
https://mb.com.ph/2020/04/06/meet-the-up-microbiologist-behind-the-locally-produced-coronavirus-test-kits/


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Re: UP-developed COVID-19 test kit
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2020, 10:27:09 PM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1098804

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UP-developed Covid-19 test kits approved for commercial use
April 3, 2020, 11:21 pm

MANILA-- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) test kits developed by the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH).

"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved the Real-Time PCR for the detection of COVID-19 manufactured by the Manila HealthTek, Inc. for commercial use," the FDA said in an advisory on Friday night.

The UP-developed test kit was previously approved by the FDA for field trial.

Upon the company’s submission of necessary requirements, the FDA issued a certification for the COVID-19 test kit "to be allowed for commercial use".

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FDA approves UP's COVID-19 test kits for commercial use
Published April 3, 2020 9:09pm

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the test kits for COVID-19 developed by the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health and manufactured by Manila HealthTek, Inc.

"Upon the company’s submission of necessary requirements today, the FDA issued a certification for this COVID-19 test kit to be allowed for commercial use," the FDA said.

The UP-NIH-developed test kit is the first locally made PCR based COVID-19 test kit approved by the FDA.

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/732589/fda-approves-up-s-covid-19-test-kits-for-commercial-use/story/


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Re: UP-developed COVID-19 test kit
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2020, 10:33:07 PM »
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/747538/doh-says-up-developed-test-kits-now-ready-for-commercial-use/story/

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DOH says UP-developed test kits now ready for commercial use
Published July 19, 2020 4:36pm

DOH's approval came after calls of several senators to use the UP test kits to diagnose COVID-19 symptoms.

“After several months of collaboration, we are proud to say GenAmplify version 2, the country’s own RT-PCR test kit, is finally  ready for commercial use,” the DOH said in a statement.

On Saturday, senators urged DOH to use the locally-produced testing kit as the country aims to test more individuals for the novel coronavirus.

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"Developed by the UP-National Institute for Health and funded by the DoST, the Filipino test kit continues to face hurdles even as imported brands coming from China and Korea, costing more than double at between P4,000 and P8,000, enter the country without difficulty," they said.