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Syngene International Takes Up Covid-19 Testing In Bangalore

The company opens COVID-19 RT-PCR testing centre to support Bengaluru hospitals

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Biocon’s research arm, Syngene International announces the opening of a Covid-19 testing laboratory in Bangalore, India on 27th April. Soon after the pandemic hit the world, the company decided to use its expertise to come up with the facility in support and have received ICMR approval. They have converted one of their laboratories to conduct the RT-PCR tests, Covid-19 testing.

Commenting on the development, Dr Mahesh Bhalgat, Chief Operating Officer, Syngene International Ltd., said, “Our COVID-19 testing laboratory, using RT-PCR technology, will work with local hospitals to expand the testing capacity in Bengaluru and help reduce the spread of the virus in the community.”

In less than six weeks, the company used its expertise in clinical trial management, human clinical sample testing procedures, molecular biology and viral testing. To carry these clinical methodologies forward, a team of scientists has been trained to perform these test as per the prescribed guidelines by national and global regulatory authorities.

“As India battles the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to contribute our scientific expertise and resources in supporting the nation in this hour of need,” he added

The laboratory is also expanding its range as they are offering services like supply reagents, primers and probes for COVID-19 diagnostic testing to clients, as well as working on research projects related to vaccine development which could represent a longer-term solution for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“The laboratory will be scaling up to operate round-the-clock sample processing and all tests will be offered free of charge,” said Dr Bhalgat.

RT-PCR or Real-Time PCR is an advanced technology which is used to detect the expression level of the relevant RNA fragment. It monitors the amplification of a targeted oligonucleotide sequence in real-time and uses fluorescent dyes to detect the presence of the virus.

At present, there are 277 government laboratories approved and supported by the ICMR and 16 private labs for testing Coronavirus including 6 in Bangalore.


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