Roche’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Our commitment to help put a stop to the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Roche is deeply committed to supporting the global response to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, we are working with urgency, passion and purpose each and every day to deliver high quality tests that are essential for healthcare systems and patients alike.

 

Timely availability and fast access to reliable, high quality tests are essential for healthcare systems.

 

Thomas Schinecker
Chief Executive Officer of Roche Diagnostics

Detecting SARS-CoV-2 in currently infected patients with high sensitivity

Laboratory tests

 

Molecular test (PCR)

 

The cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test is a real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples from patients.

cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test

 

The cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test is a real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and Influenza B in nasal or nasopharyngeal swab samples collected from patients. 

cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test

 

Both tests can run on Roche’s fully automated cobas® 6800 and cobas® 8800 Systems under Emergency Use Authorization. Both tests are also available for countries accepting the CE-mark.

cobas® 6800 System

cobas® 8800 System

Point of Care tests

 

Molecular test (PCR)

 

The cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Assay is an automated multiplex real-time RT-PCR assay intended for the simultaneous rapid in vitro qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2., influenza A, and influenza B in nasopharyngeal and nasal swabs from patients suspected of respiratory viral infection.

cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Assay

 

The test is run on Roche's molecular point-of-care PCR testing solution, the cobas® Liat® System, under Emergency Use Authorization. It is also available for countries accepting the CE-mark.

cobas® Liat® System

Rapid antigen test

 

The SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test is a reliable, rapid chromatopgraphic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of specific antigens of SARS-CoV-2 present in the human nasopharynx.

SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test

How the SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test works

Detecting a patient’s immune response to SARS CoV-2 with high specificity

Laboratory tests

 

Antibody test

 

Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 is an immunoassay for the in vitro qualitative detection of antibodies (including IgG) to SARS-CoV-2 in human serum and plasma. The test is intended as an aid in the determination of the immune reaction to SARS-CoV-2.

Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2

 

Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S is an immunoassay for the in vitro quantitative determination of antibodies (including IgG) to the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein receptor binding domain (RBD) in human serum and plasma.

Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S

 

The electrochemiluminescence immunoassay “ECLIA” is intended for use on cobas e immunoassay analyzers.

cobas e 411 analyzer

cobas e 601 module

cobas e 602 module

cobas e 801 analytical unit

Point of Care tests

 

Rapid antibody test

 

The SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antibody Test is a reliable, rapid chromatographic immunoassay intended for qualitative detection of antibodies (IgM and IgG) to SARS-CoV-2 in human serum, plasma or whole blood.

The test is intended for the use as an aid in identifying individuals with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2, indicating prior infection.

SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antibody Test

How the SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antibody Test works

When to use which
SARS‑CoV‑2 diagnostic test1

 

Reliable diagnostic tests targeting patients that are currently infected by the virus, as well as those that have an immune response against the virus, are valuable. However, it is important to understand which tests are most suitable to use depending on their intended purpose.

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Is my sickness COVID‑19?

Tests that detect the virus

 

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How is my body's immune system reacting to the virus?

Tests that detect immune response and potential immunity*

 

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*Whether immunity is gained by individuals who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 is yet to be confirmed due to the novelty of the virus. Data presented here are based on current scientific understanding of the disease (April 2020)

An overview of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests available

 

Watch this video which explains the different diagnostic tests available for SARS-CoV-2 and when they are most effectively used.

 

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The value of automation in a global pandemic

Accelerating the response amid crisis

In today’s connected societies, successfully managing a global pandemic requires a modern approach to testing. Healthcare companies have demonstrated the ability to drastically reduce the development time for new assays.

Abbreviations

 

COVID-19: coronavirus disease 2019

RT-PCR: reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction

 
References
 
  1. European Commision (2020). Guidelines on COVID-19 in vitro diagnostic tests and their performance (published 15 April 2020). Available from https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/testing_kits_communication.pdf [Accessed April 2020]