Qorvo wins FDA nod for test that uses acoustic waves to detect COVID-19 antigens

Qorvo this week said it received FDA emergency use authorization for its Omnia SARS-CoV-2 antigen test.

The diagnostic platform uses high-frequency bulk acoustic wave (BAW) sensors to test for COVID-19 antigens in approximately 20 minutes, according to the company. BAW sensors enable a low limit of detection levels that are similar to molecular testing capability.

“The FDA’s EUA is recognition that the Qorvo Omnia platform can help address the ongoing need for rapid, accurate and clinically-reliable diagnostic testing. We are honored to leverage Qorvo’s technology portfolio to help public health officials respond to this global pandemic,” president James Klein said.

Qorvo’s Omnia features a portable test instrument, a microfluidic cartridge with secure connectivity. The design of the microfluidic cartridge allows for specific binding with additional wash steps similar to central lab instrument operations with demonstrated results including 10…

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