Wastewater-Based COVID-19 Surveillance Centers of Excellence
Nanotrap® Magnetic Virus Particles enable a rapid, automated viral concentration method that directly feeds into RNA extraction and analysis. Using this method, all steps from concentration to RT-qPCR plating are performed hands-free and conducted by laboratory robots, enabling the processing of 96 raw sewage samples in just 4.5 hours (concentration to RT-qPCR detection/quantification), effectively reducing the processing time by at least 20-fold. This method can enable the processing of over 100 wastewater samples in a day.
With support from the NIH RADx program, Ceres Nanosciences is now deploying this high-throughput method to 15 additional Centers of Excellence around the United States.
These Centers are being selected based on their ability to utilize the additional surveillance capacity to extend services into underserved and underprivileged communities and to integrate their surveillance systems with local, state, Tribal, and Federal public health decision makers. Centers are being selected to cover a range of geographic locations, in order to provide additional information about different populations and water types around the country. Centers are expected to share data and results local and state public health authorities and work toward being able to participate in the CDC National Wastewater Surveillance System by contributing data to the DCIPHER platform in the future. Centers should also have an interest in performing or the existing capability to perform variant sequencing.
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