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April 13, 2021 | Categorised in: Press Releases
Infinity BiologiX (IBX) Awarded CDC Contract to Sequence Variants of COVID-19 Virus and Assist in Global Public Health Response
IBX’s genomic sequencing and biomaterials expertise will define changes in transmission and identify new COVID-19 mutations
Today, Infinity BiologiX (“IBX”), a next-generation central laboratory, announced that it has been awarded a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Genomic Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 Variants”, to provide genomic sequencing and new variant identification of samples of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
IBX will sequence the viral genomes of random, de-identified samples in the US that test positive in the course of providing molecular diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 for providers and patients. IBX will provide the CDC with completed whole viral sequences in order to aid the CDC in its large-scale longitudinal genomic survey of the virus. The CDC’s survey expects to provide baseline information for national and state-level surveillance, identify new variants, and ultimately improve the public health response in the US.
“Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first discovered outside of the United States in regions such as the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa have now been identified in the US, and IBX is honored to be among a select group of companies that the CDC tasked with this critical next step in the pandemic response.“ said Robin Grimwood, CEO at IBX. “IBX has the analytical expertise in genomics, as well as extensive COVID-19 testing data which we hope will aid in controlling this deadly virus.”
IBX launched its COVID-19 saliva-test in May, after receiving FDA emergency use authorization. It was the first test to utilize saliva as the primary biomaterial for SARS-CoV-2, and IBX subsequently became the first company to offer an at-home collection with this approach, to date IBX has performed almost 7 million diagnostic tests across its 2 sites in NJ (Piscataway) and MN (Oakdale).