Austin-based Bioo Scientific remains highly active in fields related to the company’s portfolio of technologies that focus on RNAi agent delivery technology, drug technologies and test kit products. Back in July, the company announced that it had served as a training site to provide training services in lateral flow, ELISAs, and enzymatic assays to a delegation from Turkmenistan in the Cochran Fellowship Program. Now, in a recent announcement, Bioo has announced that is it set to begin offering a new set of ELISA tests for the detection of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (EHDV), an orbivirus that infects most wild and domestic ruminants.
The new test will be aimed at testing white-tailed deer in North America, as EHDV is endemic in North America among the white-tailed deer population. Bioo is making two kits available for use; the NovareDx™ – EHDV Detection Kit for the detection of EHDV antigen, which is optimal for early detection of the virus, and the NovareDx™ EHDV Antibody Test Kit, which accurately detects EHDV antibodies.
Bioo describes the NovareDx – EHDV Detection Kit as a “sandwich ELISA using a purified EHDV-specific monoclonal antibody as the capture antibody and a second monoclonal antibody that binds to a different EHDV epitope as the detection antibody.” The assay works by way of “a peroxidase-labeled secondary antibody, which targets the detection antibody, producing a colorimetric measure of the amount of EHDV present in the sample.” The company believes that, because the assay has been proven to be a simple, rapid, sensitive and cost-effective for detecting EHDV from animal blood samples (serum or plasma), that it will be particularly useful for public health practitioners to utilize the NovareDx EHDV Detection Kit — particularly as it promises no cross-reactivity with blue tongue virus (BTV) serogroup, another member of the genus Orbivirus.
Similarly, Bioo’s NovareDx EHDV Antibody Test Kit offers a test that is “highly specific to the EHD serogroup, sensitive enough to detect low levels of antibody during early stages of infection, and highly reproducible. The assay is an indirect ELISA format and is directed against the highly conserved major viral protein, VP7. This method is easy to implement, rapid and reliable, and particularly suited to analyzing large numbers of samples.”
Bioo Scientific will be looking to further promote the two assays when the company’s animal health experts attend the annual North American Deer Farmers Association Conference, which runs from March 19th through the 22nd, 2014 in Birmingham, AL. Representatives will be available at Booth# 917 to answer any questions about these kits and other upcoming Animal Health products.