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INTEGRA’s peristaltic pump increases efficiency of COVID-19 sampling kit production

publication date: Jul 16, 2020
author/source: INTEGRA Biosciences AG


Efficient filling of tubes with viral transport medium to support COVID-19 testing

Xebios Diagnostics, based in Düsseldorf, Germany, manufactures high quality, ready-to-use culture media for microbiological diagnostic applications, and is using DOSE IT to aliquot viral transport medium (VTM) into sterile screw-capped tubes to meet market demand. There has been an unprecedented increase in demand for diagnostic testing to identify cases and track the virus spread, requiring a steady supply of products that are needed for safe collection, transfer and preservation of viral specimens, such as VTM.

INTEGRA’s DOSE IT peristaltic pump provides the perfect solution for preparing VTM tubes for COVID-19 testing, as it can quickly and efficiently aliquot medium into individual, sterile screw-capped tubes. Its enclosed liquid system, easily sterilized tubing, and lack of valves or seals minimizes the risk of contamination to the product or the pump itself. Christoph Mentzel, CEO of Xebios Diagnostics, explained: “We’re seeing high demand for test kits from a number of diagnostic labs, as well as from the Netherlands government. We are taking on a number of new employees to help with production, and needed a system that was robust, while also being extremely intuitive and easy to use to condense training time. The DOSE IT pumps met all our requirements, and we are using them to fill more than 500,000 test tubes a week at our production sites in Düsseldorf and Groningen (Netherlands). This flexible pump has allowed us to quickly ramp up our production capacity to supply our customers with VTM tubes and kits for SARS-CoV-2 testing in this unprecedented time, and is really helping with our response to this virus.”

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About INTEGRA Biosciences

INTEGRA Biosciences is a leading provider of high-quality laboratory tools for liquid handling and media preparation. The company is committed to creating innovative solutions which fulfil the needs of its customers in research, diagnostics and quality control within the life science markets and medical industry. Today, INTEGRA innovative laboratory products are widely used all around the world. More than ninety distribution partners form a worldwide sales network providing responsive and competent services to customers. These distribution partners are supported by a highly motivated and experienced team of specialists at the company headquarters in Zizers, Switzerland and Hudson, NH, USA. INTEGRA is an ISO 9001 certified company.


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