Dec 3, 2010
by WLJ

First USDA-licensed real-time PCR test for detection of BVDV released

Life Technologies Corporation, a provider of innovative life science solutions, last week introduced its first USDA-licensed real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), a debilitating disease that costs the U.S. cattle industry an estimated $2 billion per year.

The Applied Biosystems VetMAX-Gold BVDV Detection Kit from Life Technologies provides veterinary diagnostic laboratories around the world with a sensitive tool to test cattle for type 1 and type 2 BVDV—an immune-suppressing disease that makes cows susceptible to a range of respiratory and reproductive illnesses.

The approval of the VetMAX-Gold BVDV Detection Kit is based on the successful completion of the USDA’s stringent review process to ensure safety and effectiveness of the real-time PCR test and evaluate production and quality systems’ compliance at the manufacturing site. Veterinary diagnosticians have historically relied on Life Technologies’ molecular reagents and instrumentation to detect and control disease. However, the USDA-licensed product now provides them with a federally approved test containing all the necessary reagents and controls in a single kit.

“We continue to see our PCR-based molecular biology tools gain acceptance in a growing number of applied market segments,” said Peter Dansky, president of Molecular Biology Systems for Life Technologies. “The USDA’s approval of our kit is a testament to Life Technologies’ leadership as a supplier of highly accurate, reliable and cost-effective molecular tests that are having a positive impact on the cattle industry and other food producers.”

Life Technologies is committed to the animal health industry by offering leading products and services designed to help veterinary laboratory diagnosticians test for disease. The company’s family of next-generation molecular tools and easy-to-use instruments for PCR analysis provide the complete workflow that is needed to monitor the health of herd and flock animals worldwide.

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