SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced today it has received 510(k) clearance and Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) waiver from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Quidel’s Sofia Influenza A+B Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) to be used with the Sofia 2 Fluorescent Immunoassay Analyzer for the rapid, differential detection of Influenza types A and B from direct nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, and nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash specimens and nasopharyngeal swab and nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash specimens in transport media from symptomatic patients.
Sofia 2 is Quidel’s next-generation version of its best-selling Sofia instrumented system. Sofia 2 utilizes the original Sofia’s fluorescent chemistry design while improving upon the graphical user interface and optics system to provide an accurate, automated and objective result in as few as 3 minutes. Sofia 2 also integrates wireless connectivity and its barcode scanner within a smaller footprint than the legacy Sofia instrument.
The Sofia Influenza A+B assay employs advanced lateral flow and immunofluorescence technologies to provide enhanced clinical sensitivity for Influenza A or B infections. These features help ensure a reliable, objective, rapid, and accurate diagnostic result. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu-related hospitalizations in the United States range from a low of 140,000 (during 2011-2012) to a high of 710,000 (during 2014-2015)1.
In addition to the several thousand hospitals, medical centers and smaller clinics in the United States, the receipt of CLIA waiver markedly expands the available market for the Sofia 2 test system.
“The Sofia 2 instrument is completely compatible with existing Sofia test cartridges, has a modern graphical user interface, is portable and small enough for exam rooms, can be connected to our cloud, and has an integrated barcode scanner. From our perspective, Sofia 2’s much lower manufacturing cost is an important benefit, as it will allow us to place instruments in an increased number of settings and to expand our reach,” said Douglas Bryant, president and chief executive officer of Quidel Corporation. "From the customer’s perspective, we believe that the biggest benefit for Sofia 2 users will be its ability to report a positive test result in as little as three minutes, which will be a significant help in managing patient workflow. Sofia 2 is expected to be an important product for us moving forward as it has a number of features that will be beneficial to an even larger set of existing and new customers."
About Quidel Corporation
Quidel Corporation serves to enhance the health and well-being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system. Marketed under the Sofia®, QuickVue®, D3® Direct Detection, Thyretain® and InflammaDry® leading brand names, as well as under the new Solana®, AmpliVue® and Lyra® molecular diagnostic brands, Quidel's products aid in the detection and diagnosis of many critical diseases and conditions, including, among others, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, Strep A, herpes, pregnancy, thyroid disease and fecal occult blood. Quidel's research and development engine is also developing a continuum of diagnostic solutions from advanced lateral-flow and direct fluorescent antibody to molecular diagnostic tests to further improve the quality of healthcare in physicians' offices and hospital and reference laboratories. For more information about Quidel's comprehensive product portfolio, visit quidel.com.
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