New PCR rapid test from Bosch for the detection of sexually transmitted pathogens

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  • New real-time PCR rapid test for detection of four STIs
  • First Vivalytic test in collaboration with development partner BioGX
  • Positive test results available within the hour directly at the car pointAnd

Waiblingen – Bosch Healthcare Solutions has received the CE mark for the new Vivalytic MG, MH, UP/UU, developed in collaboration with BioGX, a US-based global molecular diagnostics company. The test is now available as part of the Vivalytic analyzer testing portfolio and can therefore be used directly at the point of care. This real-time PCR rapid test is capable of detecting four sexually transmitted infection (STI) pathogens: Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), Mycoplasma hominis (MH), Ureaplasma parvum (UP), and Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU). After taking the sample and starting the test, a positive result is available in less than an hour, making the test particularly suitable for use in direct patient care in physician offices and clinics. Here, it can enable the differential diagnosis of STIs directly at the sampling point without delays due to transport or logistics. For example, the test can detect if you have infectious urethritis (nongonorrheal urethritis, NGU)[1], if one of the four pathogens is responsible for the infection. However, rapid diagnosis also helps to counter the further spread of STI pathogens. The Vivalytic MG, MH, UP/UU test saves a lot of time compared to diagnostics by cultivation of pathogens. In the case of MH, UP and UU, cultivation can take from one to three days and up to six months for MG[2].

Bosch Healthcare Solutions Received CE Mark for New Vivalytic MG, MH, UP/UU Co-Developed with BioGX

One million new infections per day
More than 30 different pathogens can cause STDs. WHO estimates that one million people worldwide are infected with sexually transmitted pathogens every day[3]. Although in most cases the infections are asymptomatic, if left undetected they can lead to serious health problems and even sexual health problems. The four pathogens detected by the new test also belong to the set of human STI pathogens, although the two ureaplasmas in particular can often occur as commensals[4].

Vivalytic Analyzer: Simple application at the sampling point
The benefits of PCR rapid tests performed with the Bosch Vivalytic analyzer are not only faster results, but also ease of use: once the sample is taken with a swab, it is inserted into the test cartridge. The cartridge, which contains all the reagents needed for the respective test, is then inserted into the Vivalytic analyzer for automatic evaluation. Operation is simple and medical personnel can learn to use it in no time. The time required for the respective analysis depends on the complexity of the test. In addition to the new MG, MH, UP/UU, the Vivalytic product portfolio includes tests for viral respiratory infections (VRI), tests for SARS-CoV-2 – which can also be performed as a pooling variant and as a lollipop test – as well as a multiplex test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

[1] G. Bonkat et al., EAU Guidelines on Urological Infections; European Association of Urology 2020
[2] CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 2021 Guidelines, Publication: Workowski et al., STIs Treatment Guidelines, 2021. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2021 Jul 23;70(4):1-187
[3] 15.03.2022
[4)] Waites et al., J Mol Diagn. 2012 Sep;14(5):437-50

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Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. The subsidiary was founded in 2015 with the aim of developing products and services that improve people’s health and quality of life. Almost 300 employees (status 2022) are employed at the company’s headquarters in Waiblingen, Germany. The subsidiary’s solutions draw on the core competencies of the Bosch Group: sensors for collecting data, software for evaluating this data, and services based on this data analysis.

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