What is Omicron?
What is Omicron?
The Omicron variant, which was first reported in South Africa and classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Variant of Concern, has since spread to more than 50 countries worldwide. The variant has over 30 mutations in the spike protein, thereby affecting its binding to human cells and resulting in immune escape. This makes the variant more infectious and may reduce the efficacy of current vaccines.
Why is there a need for a PCR detection kit?
Most commercial PCR kits remain effective in detecting Omicron but are unable to differentiate this variant specifically from the rest. To confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, next-generation sequencing (NGS) is necessary which usually takes between 24 to 96 hours to generate results. Many countries do not have ready access to NGS.
ProTect™ Omivar RT-qPCR Kit
The ProTect™ Omivar RT-qPCR is a specially developed kit by JN Medsys that provides all necessary reagents for the accurate detection of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, serving as a confirmatory test with high accuracy and sensitivity.
It is a cost- and time-saving test alternative to Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) using a rapid and robust detection method with results can be obtained in just 1 hour.
Accurate detection of the Omicron variant
Each ProTect™ Omivar kit comes with sufficient reactions for performing 100 tests and consists of:
TaqMan-based detection using one-step RT-PCR
High accuracy for the Omicron variant
Compatible with most real-time PCR instruments
Detects Omicron mutation genes for better accuracy
|Test Principle||One-step RT-qPCR (Taqman-based)|
|Targets||Omicron specific mutation genes|
|Number of Tests||100 tests/kit (Cat. No. 10035)|
|Compatible Specimen Type||Upper respiratory specimens (eg. Nasopharyngeal and/or oropharyngeal)|
|Limit of Detection||<15 copies RNA per reaction|
|Specificity||Detects only Omicron variant based on in silico sequence validation|
|Storage condition||-20 degC|
|Equipment required||Real-time PCR instrument with FAM detection channel|
|Package dimension||73 mm x 98 mm x 54 mm|