Aptima® SARS-CoV-2 Assay

Fully-automated, high-throughput assay for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.1

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    The Performance & Flexibility You Need

    Accurate and fully-automated testing is critical in the fight against the threat of SARS-CoV-2. The assay is used for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 from individuals meeting COVID-19 clinical and/or epidemiological criteria, as well as individuals without symptoms or other reasons to suspect COVID-19 infection.1

    The Power to Choose & Potential to Grow

    Leverage the flexibility and scalability of the Panther® System.


    Meet any urgent need for high-throughput and fully-automated testing, delivering more than 1000 test results in 24 hours.*,2


    Detect SARS-CoV-2 to guide patient management.1


    The assays can be run alongside current infectious disease, women’s health and virology assays, enabling laboratories to unlock the free capacity on their existing Panther Systems.

    Simplify & Scale the Future of Diagnostics

    The Aptima SARS-CoV-2 Assay is part of the Hologic Molecular Scalable Solution, a portfolio combining a broad, high-performing assay menu with high-throughput automation. Designed to flexibly scale to meet your needs, from a single patient result to population-level screening.

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    Challenges Facing Laboratories

    The COVID-19 pandemic put unprecedented pressures on laboratories across the globe: 

    • huge sample demand, underscoring the need for high-throughput molecular automation3
    • the requirement to deliver rapid results to patients and clinicians3
    • uncertainty around the future for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses4,5

    Hologic was in the right place at the right time to make a profound impact on human health. Learn more about our collaboration and journey with labs during the pandemic and beyond.

    Applicable Specimen Types

    Applicable specimen types include:1

    • Nasopharyngeal, nasal and oropharyngeal swab specimens collected in UTM/VTM, saline, liquid Amies, eSTM or Aptima Specimen Transport Medium
    • Saliva specimens in Minimum Essential Medium
    • Pooled samples containing up to 5 individual saliva samples or upper respiratory swab specimens
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      *The number of actual test results per day may vary based on individual lab practices and workflows.
      1. Aptima SARS-CoV-2 Assay [package insert]. AW-22752-001 Rev. 005. San Diego, CA: Hologic, Inc.; 2023
      2. Panther/Panther Fusion System Operator´s Manual. AW-26055-001 Rev 001, San Diego, CA: Hologic Inc.; 2022
      3. Vandenberg O, Martiny D, Rochas O, van Belkum A, Kozlakidis Z. Considerations for diagnostic COVID-19 tests. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2021 Mar;19(3):171-183. doi: 10.1038/s41579-020-00461-z. Epub 2020 Oct 14. PMID: 33057203; PMCID: PMC7556561.
      4. Messacar K, Baker RE, Park SW, Nguyen-Tran H, Cataldi JR, Grenfell B. Preparing for uncertainty: endemic paediatric viral illnesses after COVID-19 pandemic disruption. Lancet. 2022 Jul 14:S0140-6736(22)01277-6. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01277-6. Epub ahead of print. Erratum in: Lancet. 2022 Jul 18;: PMID: 35843260; PMCID: PMC9282759.
      5. Baker RE, Park SW, Yang W, et al. The impact of COVID-19 nonpharmaceutical interventions on the future dynamics of endemic infections. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Dec 1;117(48):30547-30553. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2013182117. Epub 2020 Nov 9.PMID: 33168723; PMCID: PMC7720203.


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