EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lucira Health, Inc. (“Lucira Health” or “Lucira”) (Nasdaq: LHDX), a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative infectious disease tests, announced that both its COVID-19 & Flu and COVID-19 molecular tests have received CE Mark for professional use, clearing both tests for sale and distribution throughout the European Union.
The Lucira COVID-19 & Flu and COVID-19 tests are Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) with sensitivity and specificity comparable to lab-based PCR assays, miniaturized to run on a palm-sized device with no separate instrument or reader, producing results in 30 minutes. Lucira’s COVID-19 test is currently available in the US, Canada, Singapore, Israel, and Taiwan with millions of tests distributed to date. The Lucira COVID-19 & Flu test uses the same platform and palm-sized device design and independently tests for COVID-19, Flu A, and Flu B from a single nasal swab with results in less than 30 minutes.
“The Lucira testing platform can make highly accurate molecular point-of-care testing more accessible than previously possible with our simple test that requires no separate instrument or reader, internet connection, or power cord,” said Erik Engelson, the President and CEO of Lucira Health. “Receiving CE Mark for both our COVID-19 & Flu and COVID-19 tests represents a major milestone for Lucira to expand our product-line and our geographic reach.”
COVID-19 and flu have similar symptoms but distinct treatments, making tests to differentiate between these infections crucial when the viruses that cause them are both in circulation. Lucira plans to make its COVID-19 & Flu test available in the European Union beginning in the third quarter of 2022 in advance of the Northern Hemisphere influenza season.
Clinical trial results with the Lucira COVID-19 & Flu test were positive and submissions to other regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Health Canada, are planned for the second quarter of 2022 with decisions expected before this upcoming flu season.
The Lucira COVID-19 test is a Nucleic-Acid Amplification Test (NAAT). The test fits in the palm of your hand, extracts genetic material from the virus and amplifies it, similar to PCR lab tests, to detect the presence of virus earlier and more accurately than antigen tests. There is no additional equipment to purchase, such as a reader or instrument. Each Lucira test contains everything needed to run a single COVID-19 test: the test device, two AA batteries, sample vial, swab, and simple instructions.
The Lucira COVID-19 & Flu test is a molecular test utilizing the same platform and device design as Lucira’s COVID-19 tests to provide independent diagnoses for COVID-19, Flu A, and Flu B. The single-use test fits in the palm of your hand, runs on 2 AA batteries, and with one nasal swab provides a positive or negative result for COVID-19, Flu A, and Flu B in less than 30 minutes.
Lucira is a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of transformative and innovative infectious disease tests. Lucira’s testing platform produces lab quality molecular testing in a single-use, easy-to-use, palm-size test kit powered by two AA batteries. Lucira designed its test kits to provide accurate, reliable, and on-the-spot molecular test results anywhere and at any time.
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