University of Washington launches service supporting viral diagnostic tests

The University of Washington’s expert diagnostics team has launched a Center for Viral Excellence, a service that can help companies and labs to evaluate diagnostic tests for viruses. The Due to their expertise in sequencing and droplet-based technologies, the UW team that includes Keith Jerome, Alex Greninger, Linda Cook is often asked for advice. They are now planning to monetize those services by offering their consulting as a service to diagnostics manufacturers and laboratories interested in validating their assays through comparison to gold standard tests. For example, then new UW center will include assay development and head-to-head assay comparison to comply with the US Food and Administration’s 510(k) requirements. In addition to offering expertise with next generation sequencing and digital …