ams and Senova start production of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) test kits

ams and Senova inaugurate production line for Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antibody digital rapid tests

News facts:

  • ams and Senova successfully opened a production line for lateral flow based test kits which will be used to detect antibodies from the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus
  • From idea to production in under nine months: production starts for highly sensitive
    quantitative lateral flow rapid tests to fight Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic
  • The Senova GreenLight platform process the data in a secure medical cloud and
  • The ams AS7341L allows spectrally resolved accurate read-out of lateral flow immune
    assays
  • The cost-effective platform is applicable in doctor’s office and other point of care situations

Premstaetten, Austria and Weimar, Germany (9 December, 2020) — ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, and Senova, a manufacturer of in-vitro diagnostic medical devices based in Germany, announce yesterday that they have successfully opened a production line for lateral flow tests which will be used to detect antibodies from the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus. In Weimar, Thuringia, and under strict Covid-19 social distancing, ams and Senova opened the line and congratulated the teams who worked hard to bring the idea to production in less than nine months.

A specifically developed sensor module, based on ams’ AS7341L sensor, allows spectrally resolved sensitive read-out of lateral flow immune assays, and the data will be sent to a medical certified cloud. The device, using lateral flow technology coupled with a spectral sensor, enables a read-out that is accurate, cost effective, quantitative, and provides an objective result which requires no user interpretation. Through using the Senova GreenLight platform, the test kit can be readily applied in doctor’s offices and other point-of-care situations.

Antibody testing remains essential in the fight against the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. It is expected, that people will need several antibody tests when the vaccines are supplied. Before a vaccine is administered, it is important to know the presence of antibodies in the blood. In addition, lateral flow tests for antibodies can be used to check the need for a vaccine and the effectiveness over time. Knowing which portion of the population has antibodies is important to prioritize correctly.

“I am very proud of the achievement ams and Senova have reached together. Moving from concept to volume production in less than nine months shows the quality of our partnership and the capabilities of both companies. Thank you to the teams from ams and Senova who are involved in this exciting innovation,” said Thomas Stockmeier, COO of ams AG. “This technology is important to the population right now. With fast, accurate point-of-care testing available we hope to enable medical personnel to implement vaccinations faster and more exactly.”

“This is the type of co-operation which is designed to make a positive impact. The teams have worked together highly constructively and pushed each other to achieve excellence in a short period of time,” said Hans Soeffing, CEO of Senova. “Drawing on our deep expertise, our Senova team has pushed hard to make the Senova GreenLight available for this solution.”

By providing the market with a device that is highly accurate, disposable and cost-effective, the companies aim to more quickly enable authorities, health providers and other care facilities to realize much needed antibody testing at the point-of-care. With a cost-effective price point and easy connectivity to a smartphone app and the cloud, test data will be transferred over the air to the cloud for evaluation. The result is then communicated back to the smartphone device and, if desired by the user, broad-based test result information can become part of a national or international monitoring systems. Protection of sensitive user data will be ensured by several adequate measures, such as data encryption, technical data security measures and other data protection precautions stipulated in the privacy policies both in the wireless connection as in the cloud.

For more information on the ams AS7341L spectral sensor please go to https://ams.com/AS7341L.

Über die ams AG

ams is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced sensor solutions. Our mission is to shape the world with sensor solutions by providing a seamless interface between humans and technology.

ams’ high-performance sensor solutions drive applications requiring small form factor, low power, highest sensitivity and multi-sensor integration. Products include sensor solutions, sensor ICs, interfaces and related software for consumer, communications, industrial, medical, and automotive markets.

With headquarters in Austria, ams employs around 9,000 people globally and serves more than 8,000 customers worldwide. ams is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: AMS). More information about ams can be found at https://ams.com.

ams is a registered trademark of ams AG. In addition many of our products and services are registered or filed trademarks of ams Group. All other company or product names mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information provided in this press release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change without advance notice.

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