Our efforts to battle the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Omega Bio-tek is assisting scientists, researchers and healthcare workers around the globe in accelerating the screening and detection of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. We are supporting several Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) by providing high-throughput, automated viral nucleic acid extraction methodologies. To meet the exceptional and immediate need for supplies, Omega Bio-tek created a more robust kit, Mag-Bind® Viral RNA Xpress Kit, and has the capacity to support 6 million patient tests per month. Omega Bio-tek is working alongside scientists in providing extraction technologies to expert technical and automation support in quickly establishing pathogen detection workflows to curtail the escalating spread of COVID-19.  

High Throughput Viral Nucleic Acid Extraction

High quality extraction of SARS-CoV-2 RNA

Mag-Bind® Viral RNA Xpress Kit

  • Isolation of viral RNA from swabs in viral transport media
  • Fully automatable and ready-to-load scripts for:
    – KingFisher™, BioSprint®, and MagMAX® 96:  96 samples
    – Hamilton Microlab STAR: (4×96) 384 samples in ~3 hr
    – Hamilton MagEx STARlet:  96 samples in ~1 hr 45 min.
    – Tecan DreamPrep NAP
  • Adaptable to other liquid handling platforms
  • Dedicated technical and application support to expedite setup and validation time
Detection of Synthetic SARS-CoV-2 virus control following RT-qPCR


Figure 1. 1×105 copies of synthetic SARSCoV-2 was spiked into a 200 μL sample containing 2000 HEK293 cells. Viral nucleic acids were extracted following the recommended protocol from Mag-Bind® Viral RNA Xpress Kit (M6219). 4 and 8 μL of template was used in a 20 μL SYBR Greenlabeled RT-qPCR reaction. The average Ct values obtained are shown on the left. The Ct difference between the two template 30.89 amounts is ~1 indicating no qPCR inhibition.