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Tech news: January 2022

This month's top tech news stories

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Identifying Omicron

Thermo Fisher has confirmed that its TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit, and TaqPath COVID-19 CE-IVD RT-PCR Kit can accurately detect the presence of the Omicron variant in SARS-CoV-2 samples.

The test uses the primer-probe detection method and is not affected by the emerging Omicron variant. The TaqPath COVID-19 assays detect SARS-CoV-2 infections by identifying the presence of three gene targets from the orf1a/b, S, and N regions of the virus.

Eagle Genomics

Microbiome data

Eagle Genomics, a pioneer in applying network science to biology, and Frost & Sullivan, the global market analyst, have announced a partnership to deliver insights on the transformative role and potential of microbiome technologies to improve health and wellness.

The first fruit of the partnership is a new research report, entitled Microbiome Technologies Transforming Health & Wellness, covering a number of case studies on a range of microbiome data-driven innovations.

Infex Therapeutics

Potential COVID Drug

An infectious disease and biotech company has announced a breakthrough in trials of a new drug to treat COVID-19, including infection with the Omicron variant.

Infex Therapeutics’ COV-X programme inhibits a new protease target that is responsible for viral replication across the broad spectrum of SARS-CoV-1, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2. As such, this new approach is unaffected by changes to coronavirus spike protein.

Exciting results at Infex have identified new compounds with a balance of high potency and encouraging all-round properties, such as solubility and in-vitro metabolism.

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