Twist Bioscience Launches Synthetic RNA Positive Controls for SARS-CoV-2 Encapsulated in Imagene’s Stainless Steel Capsules
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Imagene stainless steel minicapsule (Courtesy of Imagene)
“The global COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat in many parts of the world, particularly those countries that have not had access to sufficient quantities of vaccine. In these, and in fact, in all regions of the world, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is fully established and is still a threat to large populations,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Twist. “Our synthetic RNA controls help identify, test for, and track SARS-CoV-2 variants. With these new encapsulated versions, we now have the ability to ship and store anywhere in the world, serving every community with a more cost-effective, longer-term solution to help monitor and control this ongoing crisis.”
This is an expansion of Twist’s first agreement with Imagene in
“Twist understands the value of our microcapsules for nucleic acids long term storage. This is particularly true for the fragile RNA molecules,” commented Sophie Tuffet, Ph.D., CEO and chairman of Imagene. “Imagene’s and Twist technologies meet the needs of diagnostic laboratories to have stable and standardized reference materials. In particular, RNAshell provides a reliable packaging with an unparalleled guarantee of stability. It also offers the possibility of single use. The ability to store nucleic acids at room temperature without energy requirement provides tremendous benefit for applications like data storage or pandemic response and we look forward to an active relationship with Twist on both fronts.”
The Twist synthetic controls are designed based on specific SARS-CoV-2 variants, cover the full viral genome and are sequence-verified. For customers interested in alternative variants of SARS-CoV-2, or synthetic RNA or DNA controls for other sequences, Twist can provide custom controls in multiple formats. Twist also offers a suite of research tools, including next-generation sequencing (NGS) products for SARS-CoV-2 as well as a broad respiratory panel and a comprehensive viral panel.
Customers purchasing synthetic controls are subject to Twist’s leading biosecurity screening protocols and applicable laws and regulations.
Imagene is a leading company in the field of room temperature preservation of nucleic acids and other biospecimens. Imagene's robust technology is based on the confinement of desiccated nucleic acid molecules under an anoxic and anhydrous inert atmosphere inside airtight, laser-engraved, stainless steel minicapsules. This allows to distribute and store natural or synthetic nucleic acids at room temperature without limit of time, without energy cost and without cold logistics making them ideally suited for DNA and RNA references for molecular analyzes. Imagene’s technology efficiently addresses storage issues for research, healthcare, and industry. Imagene is both a service provider and instrumentation supplier.
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